The Fashion Museum in Bath has an exhibition on titled ‘Lace in Fashion’. If you know anything about my work you would have guessed I had to go and see this one. What bigger and more interesting topic could there be! Lace in fashion has been huge ever since the Elizabeth I set the trend in the late 1500s.
In a couple of weeks my exhibition at Catto Gallery opens. I created a new series of paintings for the show, most featuring antique lace. This series of paintings began with some pieces of lace that someone kindly lent me from her own collection. It ended with some very large paintings in monochrome nostalgic and dramatic tones.
My painting Three Pearls went to a new home recently. I am very pleased that a wonderful couple has purchased this painting to hang in their beautiful historic home. They asked if I could tell them a little bit about the lace used in the painting. I used the same piece of lace for my painting A Fine Thread which is part of my BP Travel Award series. Below I tell you a bit more about this beautiful piece of fabric.
I have always liked painting textures as realistically as I could. To be able to paint water or the texture of stones, feathers, skin or hair offers endless technical challenges, each different on its own. Along the way I developed my own preferred technique and style. Once I got into painting fabrics I was hooked.
Who are the best lace painters in history? I am not sure I can answer that question but I do look into art history to find inspiration for my own work. When I focus on painted lace I automatically end up in the 17th century (that might just be me). That is the first century in which lace was hugely popular and so was a realistic style of portrait painting.
While I am working on a series of new works for my show at Catto Gallery (spring 2016) I am exploring different and more expressive ways of painting lace. I am experimenting and trying out different approaches, although I must admit that some are more successful than others. I might never be able to fully express the transparency, delicacy and refinement of the lace I work with, but I will at least keep on trying.
When I first saw the Maiden in Contemplation online I was really taken by its softness and stillness. I did not know anything about the artist, Gaston la Touche (1854 - 1913) and must admit I still don’t. Sometimes I don’t feel the need to dive into research. Sometimes a picture is more than enough.
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