Naomi's Pics

From the cat of life to the rat of death: Bridgeman's IT manager, Naomi Hepworth, talks about some of her favourite pictures and footage in the archive. 

 

What is your role at Bridgeman?
 
As IT manager, I work with our team of developers to create new functionality and programmes for our website and our systems.
 
At the moment we are building an amazing new project called Bridgeman Studio, an online-platform for emerging contemporary artists. More will be unveiled in the coming months... so watch this space!
 
 
What do you love most about the job?
 
I love being at the intersection between art and technology. New innovations are appearing with amazing speed and it’s so great to work with art and with the machines: my two great loves that I never expected would coincide as they have. 
 

 

Bridgeman's IT manager, Naomi Hepworth
Bridgeman's IT manager, Naomi Hepworth

 

 
What misconceptions do clients most commonly have about the archive?
 
I’m not sure that our clients realise how much data we have about the images that we can provide to them. If you are after an image that is particularly popular with the public or for certain sectors, mention it and we can pull out our statistics.
 
 
Naomi's favourite pictures and footage in the archive are...
 

 

Animal (rock carving) / Taghit, Algeria / © Gerard Degeorge
Animal (rock carving) / Taghit, Algeria / © Gerard Degeorge

 

 

 

1. Prehistoric Rock Carvings

 

This pre-historic carving looks like it has escaped from a contemporary animation. It has so much character, especially around the feet and ears, that the ancient artist appears almost modern.

 

 

2. Rat 3, 1991, by Alexis Hunter

 

I love the drama and bleak colours in this image, but most of all I love how the rat captures the archetype of ‘monster’ and jumps straight into your hindbrain. It is so snaky and sharp, yet so beautifully crafted. It reminds me of a painting of a massive raven that I had above my bed as a child.

 

Rat 3 (Camden Town Series), 1991 (oil on canvas), Alexis Hunter (b.1948)
Rat 3 (Camden Town Series), 1991 (oil on canvas), Alexis Hunter (b.1948)

 

 

Tending the Garden, Konstantin Rodko (1908-95)
Tending the Garden, Konstantin Rodko (1908-95)

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I am sure that if my life were as calm and neat as this garden, I would be blissfully happy. The artist's naïve style captures the essence of orderliness; it’s the ideal image for a control-freak.
 
My colleagues also point out that it looks just like a scene from the Facebook game ‘Farmville’.

 


4. Cat, c.1974, by Roger Hilton

 

This is the cat of life: it is mystical, jaunty and pooing gold. I like its extra wheel, and that it has corners. This cat would enslave you to its benevolent will.

 

Cat, c.1974 (gouache and pastel on paper), Roger Hilton (1911-75)
Cat, c.1974 (gouache and pastel on paper), Roger Hilton (1911-75)

 

 

Mousehole v. Paul, 1953 (oil), Paul Feiler (1918-2013)
Mousehole v. Paul, 1953 (oil), Paul Feiler (1918-2013)

 

 

 

5. Mousehole v. Paul, 1953, by Paul Feiler

 

I love everything about this painting! From the St Ives-style to the geometry, the references of football to the village of Mousehole, which is one of my favourite places. I’m a big fan of the painter, Paul Feiler, in particular his abstractness and beautiful forms.

 

 

6. Automania 2000, an animation

 

This clip is just amazing: it reminds me of the classic animation I used to watch on repeat as a child. It’s so densely filled with imaginative ideas and powerful, detailed designs. I especially like the profusion of buttons and flashy lights on the computer, that’s what a computer ought to look like.

 

Automania 2000 (footage) / Halas & Batchelor
Automania 2000 (footage) / Halas & Batchelor

 

 

Coming soon: Bridgeman Studio

Our new online platform brings the best international and emerging contemporary artists in one place. The most relevant and exciting images - from illustrations to graphic to fine art - will soon be available for full licensing, copyright administration and commissions.

More will be revealed; keep an eye on the Bridgeman News page for the latest information.

 


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