Kulsum's Pics

From Grease and Mamma Mia! to the romantic Taj Mahal. Here are marketing work experience Kulsum's favorite pics and clips from the archive.


1. What is your role at Bridgeman?

During the week starting the 19th of February 2018 ending on the 23rd, I have been given an exciting opportunity to participate in a week’s long work experience at Bridgeman Images. This experience involved me working as a Marketing intern, working under Alan Firmin, Bridgeman’s Chief Marketing Officer. I attended meetings, learning more about the company which gave me an insight of what working at Bridgeman is like. I got the chance to meet various sectors of the workforce, who are a wonderful and welcoming group of people.


2. What did you learn/enjoy during your week at Bridgeman?

I was given tasks of managing social media such as posting current topics and themes on the company’s Instagram page. Also adding content on their current website, in the blog section, both tasks, involved me using images from the Bridgeman Images archive. Bridgeman Images has introduced me to the idea that there is a lot more I can do and there are so many branches I can go into with the subject art. I have been surrounded by multiple intelligent people who are devoted to their work. The Bridgeman community is so diverse, therefore, I loved the interaction with others and hearing the various languages.


Kulsum - Marketing Work Experience at Bridgeman Images




3. What and where are you currently studying?

I am currently a Sixth Form student studying A-levels at Mossbourne Community Academy, studying the subjects Art, History and Sociology. Producing art is a passion of mine as I especially love creating oil painting portraits. I love seeing myself grow as an artist, learning new techniques and observing my painting as the years go by.  


4. What would your ideal job involve when you finish studying?

After finishing my A-Levels at Mossbourne, I would like to potentially undertake a Foundation course in Fine Art and Design at De Montfort University, Leicester. Then later continue my education studying History as a course or History of Art in university. I don’t exactly have a clear plan of what I want to do but my aspiration in life is to always take as many opportunities as I can, learning new experiences and learning from my mistakes.


Kulsum’s favourite images and clips in the archive are...

It’s difficult to come to a decision of my top 5 artists. But I usually like looking at portraits and paintings of people because I feel like it’s a scene from a movie stopped before me. Paintings to me are like various stories from different perceptions and angles, but all coming from one image.



Two Models with One Wicker Roker and Mexican Blanket, 1983 (oil on canvas), Philip Pearlstein (b.1924) / Private Collection
© Christie's Images








Philip Pearlstein

I recently had the opportunity to see the collection of Philip Pearlstein, in collaboration with Betty Cuningham Gallery, in the Saatchi Gallery. I loved exploring the beauty of the forms and shapes he creates while he paints, while every shadow extenuates each feature of the body. I really found it interesting looking at the dramatic body positions in juxtaposition with the monotonous facial expressions.







Jenny Saville

Saville's first exhibition was devoted exclusively to drawing in charcoal. Typically, drawings of the female body at its most exposed form, without narrative and occupying an empty space. I am currently taking on life drawing courses as an addition to my portfolio in Fine Art. I love the idea of the flow of movement in an image, where it’s a still form yet there’s still a continuation of body movement.



Time, 2010 (charcoal on paper), Jenny Saville (b.1970) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images





GREASE, 1978 directed by Randal Kleiser with Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta / Diltz




While growing up I’ve always remembered my mum going on about her favourite films ‘Grease’ and ‘Mamma Mia.’ The memories of my mum singing along to the lyrics, her horrible harmonies constantly drilling at the back of my head. That memory is the reason why that until this day I still manage to watch both movies every year singling the ‘Greased lightning’ lyrics as well as the ‘dancing queen’ lyrics. It is those exact memories that are worthwhile and always stay with you.




Zandra Rhodes

I was lucky enough to meet the Iconic fashion designer, her pink hair striking across the room. I attended a conference where she spoke about her life and how she came about in the fashion industry. I remember just sitting there smiling and thinking wow she’s one amazing lady.

Zandra Rhodes, 1986 (collage), Eileen Agar,  (1899-1991) / The Sherwin Collection, Leeds, UK


Orange Marilyn, 1962 (synthetic polymer and silkscreen inks on canvas), Andy Warhol,  (1928-87) / Private Collection / © Christie's Images







Andy Warhol's Marilyn

Andy Warhol's iconic 1964 image of Marilyn Monroe. Warhol made more than twenty silkscreen paintings of her, all based on the same publicity photograph from the 1953 film Niagara. The vivid colours are what I love about this piece, the idea that without colour or imagination, life is dull.

Taj Mahal


“Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passion of an emperor's love wrought in living stones."

A monument built in the heart of India, based on a love story that is considered a living example of eternal love. I was always told this story as a young kid I was in awe but when I finally saw it I was mesmerised at its beauty.


Taj Mahal 14 / Benoy K Behl Films





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