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Larain Briggs
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United Kingdom

I'm very interested in investigating the unconscious through my art. I like to study Carl Jung and love his writings, thoughts and philosophies on the psyche, particularly 'Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious'. Very often archetypal images appear in my work and fantasy is a style I enjoy. I love to experiment in many other ways with mediums, genre and styles. My work intends to tap into the psyche and resonate with the unconscious mind of the viewer.

I started studying psychology a long time ago and when I was a Special Needs teacher I studied Art Therapy and Psychotherapy at the Institute for Art in Therapy in Education. It was quite an experience especially as a great deal of it was studying my own psyche intently, I learnt so much about myself which led to a greater understanding of others and how our minds and emotions work.

At present I have retired from working as a teacher due to ill health. I have been painting since a child, I think my first oil paint set was a birthday present at age 10. At the age of 26 after the clubbing, partying years, I finally reached art college and took my foundation at Maidstone college of art. In 1987 I started a fine art degree at Camberwell Art college and after getting married and having a child started a Post Graduate Course in Education teaching Art and Design in Secondary School which I completed in 1994 at Goldsmiths College in London. I more recently studied on a BSc degree in Computer Aided Visualisation using various media and programs including, 3D Studio Max, Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator etc etc. Due to my health I am mostly at home and now have a chance to spend my time painting and creating art work. I also enjoy collecting antiques. Many of my canvasses are off their stretchers and are at the back of the loft behind the antiques, 'I'm a hopeless hoarder'! I've been doing more traditional work recently. However, I want to also experiment and exhibit all my work on here. This site is very inspiring, the amount of hugely talented people is breathtaking. It will take a while to get my work up but no hurry. I hope that some will enjoy my work and be inspired by it as I am from others. I would appreciate any comments or positive criticism.

Current Residence: Dovercourt
Favourite genre of music: 60's Joni Mitchell, + Classical
Favourite photographer: Diana Thorneycroft
Favourite style of art: Surreal/Conceptual
Operating System: Windows 8
MP3 player of choice: Samsung Galaxy S3

I’m feeling incredibly depressed still this evening, although today wasn’t too bad.  Well, after thinking about what I wrote yesterday I decided that actually sometimes you need to have people you can relate to and so somebody who is or who has suffered depression can empathise better than most.  In fact sometimes cheerful, happy people can feel like having salt rubbed into a wound.  The ‘Woe is me, why me feeling?’ encourages feelings of ‘Why them, how come they get to be happy’, when in a more irritable frame of mind.  So basically what I said previously now feels like it was a sweeping statement at best and utter BS at worst.  Is it showing how indecisive and how little self awareness I have at the moment?  I’m hoping that is in some way entertaining or at least interesting to some.  Isn’t entertainment a strange concept these days?  The world of reality TV.  Here’s a little of my reality life, which I find somehow cathartic to share.  I want to feel free to be me whatever that happens to be at any particular time.  There, that is something to feel good about. At least I have no shame and why should I?  We all experience the same emotions, why be ashamed of any of them?  Some can just be extreme and overwhelming but that’s when we need to reach out to each other.  I’m such an idealist but I have to try and hang on to that, the other option for me is to the other extreme and it’s all doom and gloom.  The wonderful world of extreme emotion, a bit like extreme sport perhaps.  How I am rambling this evening.  I’d love to know how this is perceived, without too much cruelty of course.  Looking forward to more stable days     :D

On another note, please remember you can win one of my paintings at my website   Just read the instructions on the Home page.

  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: TV
  • Reading: Many books, Jung's Red Book
  • Watching: Laptop screen & TV, haven't a clue what it's about
  • Playing: Writing my Journal
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Nothing but now thinking cup of tea

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Meltin Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav's,Larain. :hug:
Larainjp Apr 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You work is always amazing :hug:
Meltin Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Parker-Weston Mar 15, 2014   General Artist
I'm glad you see that Un Repas Andalou is made from the Anatomy Of A Hobbyhorse
Larainjp Mar 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm not sure I do but both pieces are intriguing. I must admit I'm looking at both to see how one derives from the other.  I shall keep looking. 
Heart Love Thank you so much for all the faves! Love in the Air 
jojo22 Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the watch Hug

I also find Jung very interesting :)
Larainjp Feb 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Your work is also inspirational, I look forward to seeing more of it :)
jojo22 Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :D
Parker-Weston Feb 15, 2014   General Artist
Thank you for trying the "Edible Media Thought Ransom" at the "Whiskey Tuna Gentlemen's Club", you are completing my work.
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