Lileth McAdam-Leng is studying painting at RGU’s Gray’s School of Art and will showcase the culmination of four years’ of hard work at the Degree Show next week.
The 22-year-old, who is originally from Nottingham but now lives in Aberdeen, knew she wanted to study in Scotland and established artist, James Hawkins, spoke positively about Gray’s School of Art and its approach, so after a visit to Aberdeen, she knew it was the university for her.
“Not only liking what the university and what the painting course had to offer with regards to my development, I also really liked the city,” she said.
Lileth continued: “Since my second year, Aberdeen city and its proximity to the sea, oil and gas, and the shipping industry has been a main focus for my work.
“Over the years, it has developed and changed a lot to now focusing on shipping vessels and tankers that enter Aberdeen’s harbour from all across the world and what they bring to the city alongside the visible renewable energy installations.
“These industries have been a significant inspiration for me as they have such a presence within Aberdeen and on it people that is ever changing – fishing to oil and gas, to renewables and the transportation of goods and supplies, with new developments for each.
“Further with the subject matter, I have experimented with the material on which I paint and have settled on reclaimed metal as it has a synergy with the subjects.”
Lileth said the course was actually very different to what she expected but in a good way.
“I’ve really enjoyed learning and developing, my art has changed so much since I first came to university,” she said.
“Looking back, I can see my development over the years, and I’m finally now in my final year pre-degree, setting up our final degree show and looking forward to seeing my work in an exhibition space properly for the first time and seeing how people react to my work.”
Lileth is planning to stay in Aberdeen and looking for a studio space after graduation this summer so she can maintain and work on her practice.
The Gray’s School of Art Degree Show runs from 15-22 June and will showcase work by students of all disciplines.