Lydia Makin is currently completing her final year at the Slade School of Fine Art. Her paintings and drawings descend from a fascination with the flamboyant nature of things. Makin is interested in the drama; when the curtains open at the opera and the music begins. A visit to Rome marked the beginning of her interest in the baroque and the neoclassical. The water fountains outside the Vatican, and in Piazza Navona captured her attention. The sensation of the water made her contemplate how this might correspond to the feeling of making a stroke when painting. This matched her interest in gesture, impulsivity and big painting. Makin was the prize winner for ‘The Painter – Stainers Company Scholarship (2017),’ ‘The Richard Ford Award (2017),’ and shortlist for ‘The Hix Award (2018).’ Makin has participated in numerous group shows across London, including the ‘APT Gallery’ and ‘The Crypt Gallery St Pancreas,’ as well as abroad, at ‘PMQ’ in Hong Kong and the ‘IZO Art Gallery’ in Moscow. Her experience as Teaching Assistant for the ‘Rome Art programme (2019),’ proved to be invaluable, and further invigorated her practice.