ARTIST STUDIO

LATIFAH A.STRANACK

Born to parents from the East and the West, Stranack has always been fascinated by cultural hybridity and how this has shaped her senses, and the lens through which she experiences the world. In pursuit of a fleeting moment, she contextualises and reframes the presence and absence of family members and belongings. Partially revealed, Stranack attempts to collapse her present reality and bring the past to life, forever layered in washes of paint, helping her work through subconscious emotions and fears. The work she is compelled to create, enables and empowers her to make sense of who she is. Stranack has won the Desiree Painting Prize (2021), Max Werner Drawing Prize (2020, joint winner), The Terence Cuneo Memorial Trust award (2020), Quentin Blake Narrative Drawing and Illustration Prize (2017) and Gordon Peter Pickard travel award (2016).

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Studio photos
Selfie with a few of my drawings My studio in Brentford, I have been here since September and Love the light from the windows. The reflection series up on my studio wall The reflection series up on my studio wall
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Reflection series
Made of stars, watercolour and oil pastel on paper 22 h x 30 w cm, 2022.Muse, watercolour and oil pastel on paper 22 h x 30 w cm, 2022.Converse laser lover, watercolour and oil pastel on paper 22 h x 30 w cm, 2022.Reverberation, watercolour and oil pastel on paper 22 h x 30 w cm, 2022.BPM – you...
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The Freedom series
Mushroom goddess, watercolour and oil pastel on paper 22 h x 30 w cm, 2022. The gift of love, watercolour and oil pastel on paper 22 h x 30 w cm, 2022. Inner sun, watercolour and oil pastel on paper 22 h x 30 w cm, 2022. Venus – the grass isn’t always greener, watercolour and oil pastel on...
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Arcadian dreams series
Field of dreamers, watercolour and oil pastel on paper 22 h x 30 w cm, 2022. Is it a sin?, watercolour and oil pastel on paper 22 h x 30 w cm, 2022. Life in Paradise, watercolour and oil pastel on paper 22 h x 30 w cm, 2022. Balcony lover, watercolour and oil pastel on paper 22 h x 30 w cm, 2022. Peach...
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Woman next to an oryx.
The Lost Garden Series Continued...
Peace among the palms, 30 w x 25 h cm, acrylic, oil bar and pigment stick on canvas, 2022. The last gazelles, 30 w x 25 h cm, acrylic, oil bar and pigment stick on canvas, 2022. Memory of love, 30 w x 25 h cm, acrylic, oil bar and pigment stick on canvas, 2022. Healing sounds, 30 w x 25 h cm, acrylic,...
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self portrait
The Lost Garden Series (8 of 16 paintings)
Lost in Paradise, 25 w x 30 h cm, acrylic, oil bar and pigment stick on canvas, 2022. Self portrait and your blue eyes, 25 w x 30 h cm, acrylic, oil bar and pigment stick on canvas, 2022. The guardian, 25 w x 30 h cm, acrylic, oil bar and pigment stick on canvas, 2022. The Storyteller, 25 w x 30 h cm,...
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Heroines and Hedonists mixed media painting.
Heroines and Hedonists
Heroines and Hedonists, 210 h x 230 w cm, acrylic, spray paint, oil paint and pigment stick on canvas, 2022. https://intransit.space/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/20220608_204853.mp4      
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Work in progress - The Garden of Earthly Delights (Heroines and hedonists)
Stage 1 of applying paint to the surface of my canvas. Creating a variety of drips and stains on my canvas surface. Stage 2 can commence now that the canvas is on the wall. Screenshot taken from you tube of Adam and Eve being expelled from the Garden of Eden, Masaccio (left) and Michelangelo (right)....
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Garden of Dreams B/W
https://intransit.space/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/May-Film-2-very-com.mp4
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Painting of a garden with a group of female figures in the foreground. There is a stream on the right hand side with a man and a woman bathing. in the tree there is one red apple and a snake trying to talk to Eve. on the left hand side there is a lake with roller skaters and dogs enjoying the park. 2 flamingos stand next to a reclining lady (woman in white.)
The Pursuit of Paradise
https://intransit.space/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/painting-may-video.mp4   The Pursuit of Paradise, acrylic, spray paint, oil and pigment stick on canvas,       300 w x 215 h cm, 2022. https://intransit.space/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/latifah-Shape-lady-sound-14062022-11.44.mp3
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Work in Progress for my large painting.
Work in progress - Large scale painting
Stage 1 – Painting my first layer of a ground/stain of dark blue. 300 w x 215 h cm, acrylic paint on canvas. Stage 2 – Beginning to lay in the composition for the painting. You can see the hint of a stream and landscape with a group of figures. Stage 3 – Developing the painting with...
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Her Garden - WIP
Photograph of my painting in the garden. Here is a speeded up video clip of me painting in my studio. https://intransit.space/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Her-Garden-video-april-28th.mp4
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Photograph of my stop motion work space and materials.
First edit of my film
https://intransit.space/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Garden-of-dreams.mp4
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Setting up my hand painted animation
Latifah shares her workspace and the process behind her hand-painted animation.
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In my studio
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Composition ideas and colours for my animation
Here are a few paintings that I have been working on in my studio. Here are some images from my studio, where I have been trying out new colour combinations with my pigment sticks. These sketches will then become part of my hand painted animation. My aim this week is to create images inspired by Eve...
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Initial research and sketches
photograph from a page in ‘Women contested territory and art’ by Judy Chicago and Edward Lucie-Smith. The Garden of Dreams- Gardens have always played an important role in British culture, offering fertile imagery for the arts across the centuries. I will reflect upon the symbolism of the...
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