Degard has created a collection of more than 100 paintings of iconic individuals under the banner ‘an aetheric collection’. This series of unique paintings captures the AP of a range of past and present celebrities. Degard’s AP paintings essentially pictorialise the energy fields around these iconic individuals. The idea is to capture their consciousness – their essence in paint.

The merits of the Aetheric Movement were discussed at a recent full-day symposium, chaired by Degard, at The Royal Society of Arts, in March, entitled: ‘Unifying the arts, science and the divine……about time too!’.
The discussion saw a unique conversation between senior academics in the fields of science, religion, psychology, music, as well as leading figures in the art publishing and museum world. An article was posted about the discussion on the RSA website last month – more to come.

Degard has also recently published her book entitled ‘The First Book of Aethericism’ which articulates this new movement at





It all started with a blinding flash of light, or more specifically spotting a blue square ahead of the chest area of someone chairing a meeting  which I attended, more than twenty years ago.
I had been observing these flashes, light, energies  all my life and I could never figure them out.
But on this day after I had seen ‘the blue square’  my friend at the meeting said “isn’t it fantastic he is doing this work, given that the chairmen has just had triple by-pass surgery!”

My a-ha moment!!

I understood this ‘blue square’ was ‘the memory in process’ – I reterm today aetheric energy – of this operation. Square for surgical human impact, this blue for profound and massive healing. The size and position determined by the place of the incision.
And I looked and looked for evidence from others in the current society for this knowledge and discovered it is lost knowledge, know by everyone through ‘vibe’ and ‘karma’ and described in its complexity, by no one.


When you are looking for knowledge one of the good places to go to is a university. You would think! Having gained a Masters in Politics I then decided to train at Chelsea College of Art, London (with Terry Frost, Virgina Verran and associated with Joshua Compston) which was magnificent.

But no one would engage with aetheric content. The gorgeous heady mix of the divine alchemised in the arts and sciences was and still is in fact Taboo.


“Strong scepticism remains about alternative dimensions or realities in society. Openly people are reticent to discuss their esoteric beliefs. Scientists openly disassociate their findings from aetheric thinking, whilst most artists are keen to ignore this area of their practice.” The First Book of Aethericism

To counteract these outdated research methods, to network with thousands of like-minded individuals not scared of aetheric content I founded is a gathering of individuals from diverse backgrounds who wish to renew the vibrant relationship between the Arts, Sciences and the Divine within the academic, professional and public arenas.

My hope with aetheric life is by showing the many thousands of individuals interested in an aetheric life the taboo will be broken and the conversation opened. A dynamic creativity will flower with deep roots in responsive-inclusive relationships in all the major disciplines.

Aetheric painter in hiding

After Chelsea I continued to produce work and held two very successful solo shows at Spitalfields Gallery – ‘Paradise on Earth’ and ‘Money ‘at Zetland Gallery, Shoreditch.

However the resistance to aetheric content put me into hiding and I worked on the concepts for this collection in secret.

The Second Book of The Aetheric Movement shows 35 of the collection ‘an aetheric collection, Celebrities and Icons?’. There are now 100 paintings in the entire ‘an aetheric collection’.

To see more of the collection please go to




have a magnetism – their aura pure creates a special kind of energy which makes us happy, excites us. Even the most dur and sceptical of us when meeting a celebrity will ‘wake’ up.

The aetheric content – the aura pure is where I wish to direct the viewer’s attention and consequently their imagination. To engage with the concepts and conversation of this massive complex aura.


Easy reading for the viewer – desire to NOT be obscure. The concept of visionary is hard enough to promote without creating a level of obscurity. I have an entire collection of early work based on obscure shamanic abstract work (the paintings Joshua Compston saw and loved but most viewers just walked on by at my shows – look + not engage + repeat! – horrible experience for an artist)

I want the work to seem to be easily readable, attractive, magnetic, even ‘pretty’ at times.

I do not want to do battle with the portrait. I can paint portraits but portraits often do not quite ‘get’ the individual. Portraits have their own set of battles.

My intent is to move the viewer to consideration of the aura pure of that individual.

All the photos are magnificent already


I choose the photos very carefully to ensure that the celebrity looks exactly like the caricature in my mind of that celebrity. Many stars have very few photos of them that ‘look like their screen persona’, of them. Seems astonishing!


Clarity of ‘reading’ is very important to me – I hate the response – I don’t understand it – I don’t get it (for many reasons) We ‘read’ photos quickly and so, they are consumed, potentially discarded. I want the viewer to be allowed to grasp the image, the whole painting. Therefore ‘consuming’ the imagery of the known individual is a designed hook. People can ‘get into’ my work very quickly via the celebrity and then the engagement starts. Then can ‘get’ it!

Once the engagement starts one can question back – how can a celebrity be, so able, to ‘hook’ a viewer? To excite the viewer to question is a part of the work’s desire.


I work with the process of referencing significantly, drawing often, on sources of aetheric art, throughout history.


Hard won, worked up paintings – the viewing public have cried out and craved for work that is decently painted – where expertise is obvious – the painter’s hand in the work. I decided to give it to the public. Recognisable ART with a hand in it.


The sparkle around stars involves my curiosity as it has done with hundreds of artists in the past; Warhol, Van Dyck, Holbein etc… My questions aren’t for someone’s instant presentation only but also what does the aetheric energy of great perceived success look like? What does aetheric energy of extreme wealth, fame, depth of character, overdose, over doing it, invention, huge intellect, extreme happiness, extreme immediate success – just before the crucial goal – just after it – those moments – just then – what energies do people need, create, what aetheric ‘luckiness’ is involved – what are these people conjuring to them to make their worlds, their very public worlds real to us?




Royal College of Art – I am starting the PhD process from 2018.I am looking to understand and engage with The Aetheric and securing the conceptualisation and recognition through art history and within the practices of working artists today.

Chelsea College of Art – BA Fine Art – Painting - Chelsea introduced me to the history of art to critique of my work and reflection on my work and from there amongst many other movements and developments with my work, I discovered the aesthetic for the Paradise series; a collection I had been working on at Edinburgh inspired by a visionary experience I had had seeing a type of paradise.

Edinburgh MA Politics - My studies at both Edinburgh University and Chelsea led me into some deep questioning of society and spirituality. At Edinburgh I spent an entire year researching Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit. Hegel states the entire history of man is the pursuit of recognition. It is this ‘recognition’ and ‘The striving for sense certainty leads to perception and to the social nature of universal concepts.’ (SparkNotes Editors) which drew me to produce a series of paintings on shamanic understanding producing finally 1 solo show.

Solo shows

2018 ‘an aetheric collection’ Hertford Arthouse

2018 Celebrities and Icons? Signet Contemporary Arts – 378 Kings Road, Chelsea London SW3

2009 Retrospective of Degard’s work – Hertford Arthouse, UK

2003 D-Day Landings – Courtyard Arts, Hertford, UK

2000 Money, Money, mMney – Zetland Gallery, Shoreditch, London

1997 Paradise on Earth, Spitz Gallery, Spitalfields, London


Joint/group shows

2018 Candid Arts ‘Selfie’ exhibition

2017-2018 Andrew Edlin Gallery New York

2017 - 10 second exhibitions at White Cube (footage released 2018)

2017 - 10 second exhibitions at Royal Academy (footage released 2018)

2017 - 10 second exhibitions at National Gallery (footage released 2018)

2017 - Northampton University as part of launch of MONAD

2003 - Inside Out - London Bethnal Green

2002 – Courtauld Arts – Hertford

2001   Mafuji Gallery – ‘Ten people came together lured by a promise…’

2000 - Stroud Gallery

2000 - National Museum of Women’s Art Wales

1994 – Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham

1993 – Kew Studio

1992 Topo Gigio

In the early 90’s she worked with Joshua Compston who started the YBAs

FURTHER between 2016 to today

The First Book of Aethericism ¿ ISBN 978-1-5262-0049-5

Celebrities and Icons? The Second Book of The Aetheric Movement ISBN 978-1-5272-1471-2

The First Aetheric Symposium takes place at the Royal Society of Arts March 2017

Human Arenas published by Springer – “Aetheric Energy: The Intangible Source of Human Celebrity? “

Future exhibitions

The Aetheric – a group show of the works of Alan Davie, Degard, Welsh Tom and Janet Saad Cook – Hertford Arts Hub – October 2018

Exhibition on behalf of The Big Issue, November 2018

Celebrities and Icons? - Alzubair Museum - Oman - Jan 2019

Websites – the main site for Degard information and paintings and both reach out to the esoteric community to bring the people and knowledge together. – this is a site entirely dedicated to The First Book of Aethericism – sales of Degard’s unique edition paintings

please see further sheet for links to Degard videos


Degard has been featured in many local and national publications and been on TV and radio 5. Publications include The Times, Guardian, Time Out, Artists Newsletter (A-N), Galleries…


Born in London and lives and works in Hertfordshire. Degard has been working as a painter for over 30 years.

Online links for Degard’s work


main website for Degard

bringing the community for esoteric/aetheric thinkers

website dedicated to The First Book of Aethericism

Encyclodedia of esoteric,aetheric and psychic knowledge – in development

selling website for sales of canvas prints


link to Springer Nature essay online

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Elizabeth taylor painting



Overall video promoting the aura pure and show in Kings road


one of the talks discussing the RSA and why there is no Art at the RSA


Vitality of the intangible talk in Kings road with Alan Rayner

talk with artists at kings road exhibition


Q and a session with Miles



invited to talk at Tavener Centre



Professor Tom Mcleish at RSA Symposium 2017



promotion for Celebrities and Icons?

promotion for Celebrities and Icons?


aethericising the curriculum the piece which resulted from RSA symposium


Symposium at the Royal Society of Arts – details



10 second exhibition Royal Academy – guerilla exhibition ‘ very modern very up to date very colourful’


10 second exhibition National Gallery – guerilla exhibition “I love it!”

Video about 10 second exhibitions National Gallery – guerilla exhibition – The typical reaction to artist’s work!!!

10 second exhibition at White Cube – guerilla exhibition




Instagram link online





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