Lucy Pratt Exhibition
The Spice of Life
Fosse Gallery Exhibition
March 4th-24th 2012
Time spent with Lucy Pratt and her work is always time well spent – energising and enjoyable, but most of all, fun. At a tough time this exhibition celebrates good times.
Her third one woman show at the Fosse Gallery demonstrates a new confidence in exploring the many aspects of a life lived to the maximum. Lucy’s passions are all there, the things she enjoys and likes painting the most: good food and wine, allotments, the sea, skiing, children, animals, naughtiness and the landscapes in which she chooses to live and work. And the subtext throughout is a wry, humorous take on life which mirrors her own: crammed with adventures, travel, people and places. All are here – at first in a higgledy-piggledy conglomeration of themes and
images, but the more you look and learn about her work, the more you understand and smile. Every painting is utterly accessible and reflective of the theme. The show’s title reminds us that these images are of all the things Lucy believes enhance her life and make living worthwhile.
Her zest for life is contagious as her growing number of collectors confirms and these latest paintings will enhance any wall, any home, any life and bring delight for years.
Building on her previous shows at Fosse, in London and Devon and two outings at the Royal Academy’s Summer Show, this one has an assuredness to the depth of colour, carefully layered; to the vibrancy of light, sun shafting through to illuminate every corner; to the movement and
busyness of the figures and creatures captured which is uplifting and life-enhancing. Informed by time lived in India, in Thailand, many summers by the sea in Cornwall, there is a new maturity to these canvasses which show how every experience has been stored and used to inform this latest work.
Working tirelessly in her Chipping Norton studio, Lucy’s energy drives her to explore new topics and styles. At the core of everything she produces is a joyful enthusiasm which is utterly infectious.
Sue Stapely, February 2012
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