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Artists Open House, Hastings Dec 2nd – 4th

Four artists who met at a drawing class in St Leonards on Sea, have come together to hold a weekend Open House exhibiting their work. The artists are: painters Lucy Brennan-Shiel and Stephanie Fawbert, ceramicist Julia Hilton and their drawing teacher, Marie-Louise Miller. Come along and enjoy the rich and diverse selection of work. The show runs for this weekend only at 29 St Helen’s Crescent, Hastings TN34 2EN, 11am – 6pm. Look at recent posts for more information on…

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Domestic Disturbance, March 8th 2013

My painting, ‘Long Dresses’,  has been selected for ‘Domestic Disturbance’, an exhibition to celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March at The School, Creative Centre in Rye, East Sussex. The opening event will include music, comedy, caberet, interventions, installations, story telling, poetry and yarn bombing.  6pm to 11pm on Friday 8th March. The exhibition runs for a week. For more details and purchase of tickets go to: www.theschoolcreativecentre.co.uk/domesticdisturbance.html.

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Eli with a newt

Eli with a newt, watercolour on paper, 605mm x 800mm.   ‘Stephanie Fawbert’s portraits are by turns contemplative and nostalgic, fresh and joyful. And they are always exquisititely executed. She combines a sharp eye for likeness and a light touch with quite gutsy passages of paint where layers of pigment are built up into rich areas of colour.’

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Idyll

Idyll, water colour on paper, 2400 x 740mm. ———————————————————————– The painting, ‘Idyll’ depicts children playing on a swing; a series of figures gripping on the ropes of the swing, in the process of balancing and flying through the air. We see the ideal simplicity and naturalness of childhood. It evokes nostalgia and yearning in the viewer. In the image the children seem to merge with the landscape around them. Painted entirely in sepia ink, it is reminiscent of 18th and 19th century…

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‘Our Children’ , a series of large painted heads of children for the SoCo Artists’ project, ‘Showcase’ at The Hastings Arts Forum, July 2016

A couple of years back, I created three large watercolour portraits of my daughter with an unflinching, penetrating gaze (see ‘Little Gwen’). I had expected the onlooker to be intimidated by the gaze of the child, as if in the presence of some omnipotent judge of humanity, and yet, as one looks, the expression seems to change from stern and suspicious to exposed and vulnerable. I was intrigued and excited that a painting could change its meaning as you looked…

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