Exhibition in Spotlight: Lucy Pratt
Sunday 6 – Saturday 26 November
All Around Me
A solo exhibition of recent paintings, including many local scenes, by the contemporary British artist Lucy Pratt…
The 30 paintings in this show embrace the views and subjects that artist Lucy Pratt holds close to her heart: a love of the countryside, both sea and landscapes, her home and garden.
Lucy’s paintings all convey warmth and vitality, reflecting her own tireless energy and zest for life. Describing her distinctive style of painting, the artist says, “It’s a bit like handwriting – it’s totally unconscious. I think the more you depict personal experience, the more your own style comes out.”
Lucy was brought up in the Cotswolds and lives close to Chipping Norton. Many of her paintings are of local scenes such as Bell Lane in Hook Norton, showing off the familiar colour of the ironstone; cattle in Evenlode; the windmill at Compton Wynyates; and two well known Chipping Norton views – of the local book shop and Bliss Mill.
Holidays are spent on the Isle of Wight and in Cornwall, where she has forged a generation of friendships with the fishermen and artists. In this exhibition, her paintings of Steephill Beach and May Waters portray timeless traditions on the Isle of Wight, whilst cleverly capturing the colours and light.
Autumn and winter are well documented with January Sheep, Green Lines, February and Magical March all showing the glory of the Cotswolds throughout seasons. Lucy’s other passions – her love of her garden, Dudley the lurcher and Cuthbert the 45 year old parrot – also find a place in the show.
Lucy says of her work: “My inspiration is really a mix of seeing things out of my car window which link with ideas of things I want to achieve. I have a continual list of sights I want to capture, for example ’those fields in the right light or the right weather’: I’ll come back to them when the moment works.”
Her family has a strong artistic heritage: both parents paint and her grandmother was a potter. Lucy says, “Coming from a family of artists meant that we were always doing something creative. It was just something everybody did. We are all very visual and get excited by each other’s work. That’s what I love about being an artist: the process of sharing and its power of communication.”
Born in 1970 in Oxfordshire, she studied at Banbury School of Art, Loughborough School of Art and Cheltenham School of Art. She worked at MOMA (Oxford) before teaching life drawing at Cheltenham School of Art. She has had many successful shows in the USA, the Far East and London and her paintings have been exhibited in the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition
This is Lucy’s fifth solo show at Fosse Gallery. She says of the exhibition, “I was brought up around here but then spent most of my twenties living away, mostly in Asia. Coming back to live here has rekindled my discovery of places and memories from my childhood, and that’s been really exciting. This exhibition is a real celebration of how I feel about where I live and how much joy I gain from it. And what I love about exhibiting at The Fosse Gallery is that Sharon gives you such freedom to express yourself.”
The exhibition can be viewed online at the gallery’s website from mid-October. Prices range from £595 to £6,000.
The Fosse Gallery is open Monday to Saturday, from 10:30am–5pm, and the Private View is on Sunday 6 November from
Fosse Gallery: 01451 831319 / GL54 1AF / fossegallery.com