DEGARD – Painter of Auras 1975 –
Degard is a pioneering British ‘Painter of Auras’: a visionary artist, doctoral student, founder of the genre Contemporary Visionary and owner of The Visionary Brit Museum www.visionarybritmuseum.co.uk and an involved member of AAPS.
The Visionary Brit Museum is a red telephone box outside of the British Museum which hosts Visionary art exhibitions exclusively.
DEGARD’s paintings are a visual description of consciousness. Degard sees a consciousness around people and things; she calls this energy a conscious Aura and many of her paintings are titled as Aura Conscious. Degard has what she calls ‘extraordinary experiences’ almost daily which she brings to her painting.
The Aura of Beyonce, oil on canvas and wood, gold leaf, 2016, Degard
The paintings are achieved by requesting of The Record (Akashic Record/God/Angelic forces/Higher power) for the information on a specific person, who she refers to as ‘that person.’ Typically the information on that person is available to her, and Degard can create the painting. For Degard’s doctoral studies she is identifying the intricate patterns she has painted and analysing how these patterns describe the personality, life experience, health, career and more of that person.
Degard has exhibited extensively with recent exhibitions including Aura II at Brook Street Gallery opposite Claridge’s, London, Quintessence of Consciousness at The Royal College of Art, solo show at Museum Al Zubair, Oman and Saatchi Art. She has hosted and arranged talks, titled ‘Art with…’, at the Royal Society of Art, where she is a Fellow. Degard works alongside Anxiety UK to bring Art into mental health. Degard has recently published a paper with The Astropolitics Institute ‘Space and Art’. Degard regularly exhibits in The Visionary Brit Museum.
Degard has written four books, is a committee member of The Colour Group and a fellow of The Galileo Commission for the Scientific and Medical Network. She is also a member of European Society for the Study of Esotericism. Degard is working on her doctorate ‘An Exploration of the Visionary in Art’ in Fine Art in London supervised by Professor Fae Brauer.
Degard’s Art joins a long history of artistic study of consciousness, perception, and cognition studies interwoven with visionary experience; as exemplified by visionary artists, Susan Hiller to Kandinsky, Hilma af Klint to William Blake. Degard’s Art brings this visionary and mystical genre, into a contemporary, socio-political context.
Molly Hackney, writer of The Medium’s Medium (written for an exhibition at Frieze, London 2019) says of Degard’s latest exhibition, The Power of Things, Drip: Still Lifes
‘The canvases at Drip enchant the viewer with this glimpse into spirit connection. It is her choice of objects that give this exhibition such magnetism.’
Degard graduated from The Royal College of Art in 2019. She has further received awards from the Alan Davie Foundation.