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A Sense of Place: stop four, England.

This (penultimate) instalment of the Sense of Place series was causing me some strife- that’s why it’s taken me to get around to writing it. I wasn’t sure whether it WOULD be my fourth or, technically my fifth stop on my journey, so I had to wait and see… Turns out England is going to be fourth on the list of places I am to call “home”.

I have featured a few Britons in previous posts- guerilla graffiti artist Banksy, portrait painter Carne Griffiths, war photographer Don McCullin, land artist Simon Beck, textile artists Polly Binns and Anne Morell, and landscape photographer Adrian Ashworth.

Today, I came across paintings by Rachel Deacon. Her art mostly  features strong, provocative female figures in various poses and situations, and her style has a sensitive but timeless feel to it. Rachel lives and works in London, and has exhibited internationally since graduating from Chelsea School of Art in 1991. The scenes in her paintings are largely inspired by short stories or poems, which she enjoys retelling in her art. The dress and style of her subjects based loosely on that of the 1940’s and 50’s. Rachel’s use of beautiful colour is what drew me to her art, as well as her narrative style and expert rendering of the female form.

A Sauvignon Excursion, oil on canvas, 36 x 28 inches.

The Orange Harvest, oil on canvas, 61 x 76 cm

You can view Rachel’s website here, and find links to the pages where I borrowed these images here and here.

My second featured Briton is photographer Paul Sutton. Paul has an extensive collection of amazing English landscape photographs available to view and purchase on his site, as well as his own webpage and flickr photostream. Anthony Gormley‘s “Another Place“, a haunting  collection of cast iron figurative sculptures on the Crosby strand, have featured in a series by Sutton. It was this series that caught my attention when I spotted Christopher Jobsson’s post about them on the Colossal website. The images have mostly been taken during sunset and exemplify Sutton’s exquisite eye for composition and colour.

Paul Sutton, photographer

Solitude in Silhouette, Paul Sutton

Paul Sutton, photographer

I would like to thank Paul for allowing me to use his images in my post.

To back track a little, there has been a bit of uncertainty surrounding the length of my stay in England. For the last few months I have been almost certain that I would be here for at least another 18months, to complete my Masters in Criticism and Curation in the University of Leicester. It seems that all my hard work on my blog has paid off though, as I have recently been offered an MFA somewhere else…



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Vicki Clough

Vicki Clough

Vicki is an independent curator and craftsperson with a focus on socially engaged and participatory art and events. In January 2016 she helped launch Reconstructing Resilience, a research and curatorial project that explored various forms of sustainable practice. As a freelance curator she has worked with the Riverdale Hub, Myseum of Totonto/Art Spin and was the Curatorial Director of Figment Toronto from 2014 to 2017. She has also co-curated exhibitions including JAYU's iAM photography project (2016 & 2017), Move to Stillness, for the Harbourfront Centre's Kick Up Your Heels Festival (2015), The Duel, AGO First Thursdays (2014), and What Are You Made Of? OCAD U Graduate Gallery (2013). She initiated the Toronto based workshop model and website Polymers in Action: Socially Engaged Art and the Environment as part of her studies at OCAD University, where she obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. She publishes on anything that interests her deeply and moves her to the point of lengthy verbal expression.

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