Edith Dormandy

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Edith Dormandy

Aged 24


Instructor(s): Sofia Welch, Lizet Dingemans, Arvid Antonsen, Jason Tremlett, Lucas Garcia, Simon Watkins

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  • Artworks


charcoal and chalk

47 x 31 1/4 ins (120 x 80 cms)

Ecorche Cast

charcoal and chalk

23 1/2 x 15 1/2 ins (60 x 40 cms)



27 1/2 x 15 1/2 ins (70 x 40 cms)



47 x 19 1/2 ins (120 x 50 cms)

Self Portrait

charcoal and chalk

27 1/2 x 19 1/2 ins (70 x 50 cms)


oil on board

19 1/2 x 15 1/2 ins (50 x 40 cms)


charcoal and chalk

27 1/2 x 19 1/2 ins (70 x 50 cms)



27 1/2 x 19 1/2 ins (70 x 50 cms)


I want to make art which can communicate our present to future generations, as the Old Masters communicate their time to us. All my artistic investigations return me to the body: its beauty, ugliness, vulnerability and strength. Alongside exploring this, I aspire to paint great portraits which capture not only a likeness, but a presence. I want my art to be visually arresting, technically exemplary, intellectually articulate, and emotionally stimulating. The revival of realist art training has allowed me to pursue these goals.


When I joined LARA, I thought I would learn techniques to apply to my ideas. But something more daunting and exciting happened. I realised that the technical elements to which they introduced me (anatomy, values, colour, unity, variety…) are not finite skills to attain, but life-long explorations. Reassuringly, beauty is not easily bottled.

Being still a student, I have submitted only my atelier work, but am ambitious to apply this technique to concepts which preoccupy me. Studying Art History at university helped me see the art of the past as a living part of our world. I hope my practice will develop a conversation between the great traditions of the past and the pressing needs of the present. I am particularly interested in religious subjects and the politics of depicting female bodies. With your help I can continue to discover in practice what it means to make traditional, skill-based art in the present day.

Curriculum Vitae

Group Shows

2017, BODS, Safe Houses, Peckham

2017, Arcana, The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church

2016, Metamorphosis, UCLU Art Society Show, The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church

2015, Working Men’s College Show, Camden Working Men’s College

2015, Escape, UCLU Art Society Show, The Gallery on the Corner

2014, Destruction Day, UCLU Art Society Show, UCL Portico and Main Quad

2014, LOST Teaser, Please do not not touch, Secret Location

2014, Alchemy, UCLU Art Society Show, St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church


Two-Person Show

2016, Ham Sweet Ham, held at home, joint with Jake Lamerton



Current, from October 2016: Studying at The London Atelier of Representational Art, (LARA)

2013-2016: Studied History of Art at University College London, (UCL). Achieved First Class BA Hons degree and a place on the Dean’s List. Won the Gombrich prize in 2014 for academic excellence, and a Summer Studentship at the Institute of Making for practical research in 2015. 2014-15: President of UCLU Art Society

2012-2013: Studied at Mander Portman and Woodwood, (MPW). Achieved A-Levels in English Literature (A*), History of Art (A), and History (B). Joint won The Denise Callahan Prize for the best performance in A level Arts subjects.

2005-2012: Studied at The Lady Eleanor Holles School, (LEH). Achieved Art A-Level, (A*), and ten GCSEs (all A*). Won The Karen Hanssen Memorial Prize for Natural History Illustration (2010), RSPB Young Photographer of the Year Runner Up (2009), The Alderman Sir Allan Davis Prize for Art and Design (2008).