Exhibition of the month and gallery news
LUCY Dawson’s Bacton gallery, Lucy Art, is a cornucopia of fresh, country inspired art for walls, cushions, lampshades – in fact, almost any surface or space you could wish to decorate, it seems.
“It’s evolved to incorporate a whole range of products inspired by original paintings,” explains Lucy. “As well as well as original watercolour paintings we have limited edition giclee prints and cards. Most recently the collection has expanded to include home furnishings and kitchen linen, including cushions, lampshades, aprons, napkins and table runners, Aga covers, make-up bags and tea towels. I also do commissions.”
Lucy started the gallery eight years ago with just one room upstairs at the building in Finbow’s Yard, and has gradually expanded to using the entire space to display art. She has been an artist since childhood.
“For as long as I can remember I have always painted and drawn. At the age of five a teacher made a comment on my drawing skills and I think I decided then that’s what I must do. I studied graphic design at university, but after staring at a computer screen doing website design I decided it wasn’t really what I wanted to do, so took the plunge and rented a space exhibiting my pictures. I started by doing commissions and pet portraits.” Lucy is inspired by nature and Suffolk wildlife. “We’re so lucky to have such beautiful unspoilt nature and scenery in Suffolk. One of my favourite animals to paint is the hare. They’re such quirky animals and when they run it’s so impressive – the speed is astonishing.” In 2018 Lucy will be expanding the collection of fabric and textile designs that will be made into lampshades. “We make all the lampshades in the studio space next to the gallery. I also plan to feature the designs on some exclusive chinaware which will all be handmade in this country.” Lucy also undertakes commissions for pet portraits and murals.
“The two most memorable were a sketch I completed for a gentleman of his late wife. He came in with his daughter and they both had their own favourite photograph of her. I did a sketch of both and the reaction was so special when I completed them.
“Another was a giant mural, seven metres by five metres, that I completed for a customer in Aldeburgh. It took three months and we just kept adding to it. Projects like that are rare and special. It evolved from two ladies, apple picking up a tree, to incorporating a cat, geese, chickens, hummingbirds, and even a life size family dog!” Lucy Art, Finbows Yard, Station Road Bacton Suffolk IP14 4NH Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +44 (0) 7919103496
“We’re so lucky to have such beautiful unspoilt nature and scenery in Suffolk. One of my favourite animals to paint is the hare”