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The Lightbox gallery and museum is pleased to present ‘Taste of Art’, a display of work by local and regional artists. Changing monthly, the ‘Taste of Art’ features established artists, all noted for their quality of work. ‘Taste of Art’ strives to offer an exciting mix of paintings, original limited edition prints, textile and mixed media work.

All works on display are available to purchase from The Lightbox Gift Shop, where there is also a large selection of unframed work by the artists.

The current ‘Taste of Art’ exhibition shows the work of Stephanie Wilkinson whose pattern pen paintings are inspired by Brazil, women and interiors. Stephanie’s works are semi-autobiographical in nature and use colour and pattern to describe familiar domestic themes. They also express a love of travel, encompassing places visited and unusual objects acquired.

Stephanie has a BA in Fine Art and works from her studio in Teddington.  She exhibits regularly - most recently with the Society of Women Artists at the Mall Galleries in London. She also teaches one-day workshops, including Pattern Pen Painting.

Banner image credits: A colourful street, Olinda © Stephanie Wilkinson. Image credits from left to right:The fisherman's house, Manaus © Stephanie Wilkinson, Floral Cups & Coffee Pot © Stephanie Wilkinson

Stephanie grew up in Brazil with bright colours around her. She came to England when she was 11 and, once she started her Fine Art studies, was instantly attracted to the colour of the women, landscapes and interiors found in Matisse’s paintings.  Having several years of oil and acrylic paintings behind her, she only developed this graphic style three years ago while on holiday in Stockholm.  There she came across and fell in love with the floral textiles of Josef Frank.  Inspired by his bold but fluid designs, she decided on her return to the studio that she would start building her own library of patterns. Initially using gouache on little squares of cardboard, she then switched to Promarker pens.  She calls this new style, which uses patterned areas within black lines, her ‘pattern pen paintings’.  She has borrowed this aesthetic from the Japanese woodblock print tradition but replaces their muted palette with a vibrant one.

‘These pens are quite addictive – you start with a few colours and before you know it you have several boxes of them. They are quite wonderful to work with and extremely rewarding colour-wise’.

As well as the originals and prints on the wall, you can find mounted prints, cards and Stephanie’s range of tea plates, aprons, oven gloves & bags for sale in the shop.

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On display in The Lightbox Café, 4 August - 14 September 2014


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