Exercise Three // Jack Dunnett

April 24 2020
Hi  Jack,  to kick off exercise one,  where are you? 

Working from my flat in Aberdeen. I set out my pallete on the dining table in the mornings and paint there during the day. I'm lucky enough to get plenty of natural light and am able to work quite comfortably.  


How has your process changed since staying at home?

 It's certainly made me work with more control over my materials. Knowing that I can't splatter paint around, or leave the room smelling of varnish and turps for days has made me look at other methods which I guess I wouldn't come across if it wasn't for staying home.


Whats last or current song you listened to (no cheating, we all have naughty



and the last or current show/film/video you watched ?
 Last film I saw was Dogtooth by Yorgos Lanthimos. Not easiest to watch.


What are you reading right now?
 I'm just jumping between book called Solitude by Anthony Storr - which has been pretty apt - and Ovid's Metamorphoses.


What’s the last thing you cooked? (recipes welcome!)

 Steak and potatoes. Not much technique involved, but for a cracking simple pan sauce for steak; finely chop a shallot and sauté in the pan in which the steak was cooked, until golden. Deglaze with red wine and allow to thicken and reduce. Turn down the heat and melt in a small lump of butter. Squeeze in some fresh lemon juice, then heat until thick enough to coat the steak. Simple yet effective.


 What's the next thing you are going to cook?

A whole bunch of various reduced price vegetables in a big pan, maybe with some pasta if the supermarket gods are kind.


If everything in your house was going to be the same colour what colour

would you choose?
 Pure brilliant white. I like to live dangerously. 
Which words or phrases do you most overuse  ?
 I'm in danger of becoming one of those people who ask the question 'you know what I mean?' too often. I'm trying to cut down.
Do you have any superstitions?

I'm not a  superstitious person at all, although recently I've found that washing my hands every time I enter my flat brings me good luck. 


What makes you laugh (feel free to share any videos, memes, record a

joke, your pet)
One of my neighbours has taken to playing his Kenny Rogers records quite loudly with windows open wide. Recently, other  neighbours have begun voice their displeased responses to this, rather fervently, from their windows. I've found listening to this dialogue to have much more comedic value than many of the recent stand-up specials I've watched.


 Which artist-living or dead would you like to share your quarantine practice with? Why?

That's a difficult question. Part of me would love to show Anselm Kiefer adapts to making work in a studio flat rather than a warehouse, but that would be rather cruel wouldn't it?

Francis Bacon would be entertaining, although I'd never get my security deposit back.  


Exercise 2

Write a drawing prompt you would like someone else to receive:

Draw a subject which you have never drawn before, with material you never used for drawing before. 


We are probably going to get through a lot of these homework sheets - so

write a question for other people that you want to know the answer to ?
 What is the biggest thing you think you took for granted about working in your studio? (If you're currently unable to).

We are putting together a mixtape -  what’s your go to song for chilling out ?

Talking Heads, This Must Be the Place 

For  Exercise Three, we ask our artists to  pick one of the following subjects as a starting point to make some work using an A5 piece of paper/cloth/whatever you like to the size  with no restriction on media. These will be published on our website and available for £110 each.

  1. Still life: pick 3 items from your surrounding and recreate them

  2. Draw the last text you received/Page 15 from a book you are currently reading 7th sentence down

  3. Draw the last exhibition you saw/in style of the last exhibition you saw


 Check out Jack's excerise three piece here