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Degard

DeGard

DeGard

DeGard

Degard says "My Art is Truly intended to help people with their fears and anxieties; to help with the worries of our minds and our mental health. The viewer can be up-lifted and enchanted into a real experience of spirit connection."


Degard has exhibited extensively in London, UK, New York, and most recently Oman. She hosts talks on Art, at the Royal Society of Arts where she is a Fellow. She is a committee member of The Colour Group, and a member of The Gallileo Commission for the Scientific and Medical Network. She has curated Contemporary Visionary, Quintessence of Consciousness at The Royal College of Art which is now available digitally. She is working alongside Anxiety UK to bring art into mental health and also with NASA to bring art into space.


Thatched cottage
Redhill

3D exhibitions

  • DeGard

    AURA - The Exhibition

    13 Sep 2021 – 13 Sep 2022

    Aura brings together 3 leading British Contemporary Visionary artists, Degard, Rupert Record and Melissa Alley all working uniquely with the notion of Aura. Susan Hiller said ‘everyone knows what Aura means’ – this show declares the complexity of Aura and how this powerful idea can be interpreted and reinterpreted in 21st century. Follow their journey getting to the core of what Aura means.

  • DeGard

    AURA

    05 Jun 2021 – 05 Jul 2021

    the genuine aura is in all things

  • DeGard

    A CELEBRATION OF 50TH YEAR BIRTHDAY OF ANXIETY UK

    10 Oct 2020 – 10 Oct 2023

    This exhibition celebrates all those who have help us to raise awareness and reduce the despair caused by anxiety by fundraising for our charity. A very warm and massive thank you to everyone involved.

  • DeGard

    Fun Contemporary Visionary --- The Power of Things

    21 Oct 2020 – 21 Oct 2023

    Drip : Still Lifes is a joy filled, inspirational exhibition designed to fill the viewer with wonder, pleasure, a hope for life. We hope it works! Objects carry ‘aura’, or a presence. It is incredible to consider that an object can carry an aura. Everyone can point their minds to a specific item or natural element which holds desirability for them; from a flower, to a photograph, clothes or cars. Why, for some are sneakers so loved? How can this fabric and plastics moulded hold so much resonance? Why do designer brands have such a pull, a magnetism for some people? Why do we crave them? Why do some people love McDonald’s? Why has Barbie become so iconic for feminist principles and sustained itself as a brand? Why is a ‘real’ Louis Vuitton bag so much more desirable than an identical ‘fake’? Why do we love some paintings, sculptures above others? Why have some companies become so iconic and continued for so many years when so many others have collapsed? What about our items which we choose to call personal – what is it about that photo that makes it personal? Degard says, “I have a photo of my grandparents which I have turned into a painting and then reworked to discover its auric energy. This photo’s life energy, of my long lost and loved grandparents is so meaningful to our family. My Grandma and Grandpa looking radiant on their wedding day. I wanted to reveal the life energies in this photo – bring them back to life.” The term “Drip” Drip Hello?! This is the URBAN dictionary, not Oxford English Lol. A drip is a cool and stylish outfit! Real simple. Player 1: yo, peep my drip. Player 2 : ... it’s aiight. by Getemcatchem April 28, 2020 https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Drip What is this phenomenon, where ‘Drip’ compels us to own it, keep it, observe it...? Marx called this ‘Commodity Fetishism’, a kind of reification of the commodity. “The value of a commodity originates from the human being's intellectual and perceptual capacity to consciously (subjectively) ascribe a relative value (importance) to a commodity, the goods and services manufactured by the labour of a worker.” (1) It is this conscious, subjective intellectual and perceptual capacity, I am celebrating in Drip ; Still Lifes and further stating that life energy does not die in the object but lives on and is able to create in us a compelling desire. The Aura Conscious is the affect of this compelling desire. We can feel all that time, attention and consciousness in objects. The Aura Conscious is the distributed consciousness, a universal consciousness, a natural inclusiveness (2) which we all create, have agency over, which can be good, known and Seen. We are not isolated beings just liking stuff – that the very stuff has energy in it to be liked, we are receiving this energy, memories are held, time spent and invested in objects is held in an aura conscious. The attention, hundreds sometimes thousands of hours invested into an object, International Space Station for example, carries an energy of its own. How about a brand or an object from a brand, the thousands of hours invested into any one object? For those sceptics of this idea, if you were told an object was invested with proven intense negative energies would you keep it in your home? The natural world contains a type of fascination, pull, magic, awe, an aura conscious, in a different sense. We cannot ‘own’ blossom or the rose but we can admire it deeply and want to recreate that admiration repeatedly. In Art the natural world is represented by the Still Life. The Still Life in this exhibition is reinterpreted: the McDonald’s hamburger (in Part II coming in December 2020), The International Space Station and the Barbie doll are the modern day still lifes. Asked why Degard chose these companies and objects, Degard said “The exhibition is about objects I really love or admire in some way. Some are items I or my kids would like to buy, some are items I have bought! I wanted to choose companies, natural beauty, objects where it is obvious that there is this compelling draw to them, so other people could know what I mean when I say aura conscious” She goes on to say “think of those objects, things you love and how you feel about them – the memories they hold, the time and attention they hold for you – that is the aura conscious; that is Life’s energies!” 1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodity_fetishism 2 Degrees of Freedom, Dr Alan Rayner

    latest works

    • degard on aura 2
      200 x 100 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
    • Rupert on Auras
      150 x 40 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
    • melissa on aura
      170 x 100 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
    • Rupert Record

      Imaginarium, 2020-1
      200 x 100 x 2 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on canvas
    • melissa exhibition
      150 x 500 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
    • background, 2020
      500 x 700 x 0.1 inch (h x w x d)
    • Degard

      Hildegard of Bingen Aura Conscious, 2021
      200 x 200 x 3 inch (h x w x d)
      Oil on Wood, Paper
    • Degard

      Nicole Scherzinger Aura Conscious, 2018
      250 x 100 x 2 inch (h x w x d)
      # oil on wood
    • Melissa Alley

      Young Woman with Checked Skirt, 2020-1
      150 x 250 x 4 inch (h x w x d)
      acrylic on wood and photographic film
    • Melissa Alley

      Young Girl with Ringlets, 2015-7
      130 x 300 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Gouache on Card, Ink on glass, Photograph
    • Rupert Record

      Greek Man II, 2021
      200 x 100 x 3 inch (h x w x d)
      # oil on canvas
    • Rupert Record

      Greek Man I, 2021
      300 x 100 x 3 inch (h x w x d)
      # oil on canvas
    • Degard

      GENUINE AURA, 2021
      100 x 140 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      WORDS
    • Degard

      osxy, 2021
      300 x 1000 x 1 cm (h x w x d)
      Oil on Wood
    • Degard

      Home Aura Conscious, 2020
      400 x 2000 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Oil on Wood
    • Degard

      Gerri Halliwell Aura Conscious, 2017
      200 x 2000 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Oil on canvas
    • Degard

      Aura, 2021
      200 x 1200 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      oil on wood and installation
    • ANXIETY MANAGEMENT COURSES
      72 x 40 inch (h x w)
    • SUPPORT GROUPS
      72 x 40 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
    • COMPASSION FOCUSED THERAPY
      130 x 40 inch (h x w)
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