Spotlight Contemporary Artist Lucy Smallbone
Davina Barber says: “I came across Lucy’s work in the depths of a wintry lockdown, thanks to the brilliant ACC Collective (Art for Charity Collective). With my colourist tendency her palette immediately appealed.”
Davina adds that while Lucy’s works can initially appear recognisable and nostalgic in their subject matter, “look a little deeper and you’re drawn into a quasi-fantasy world. Reality is heightened or tinted. At my latest exhibition (where her paintings sold out), someone described Lucy’s work as having that Baz Luhrmann feel. While some paintings offer a retro vibe, others are deliciously exotic. All are painted with great energy and aptitude. Her watercolour studies (a favourite) are more fluid and gentle, the oils, in contrast, offer short bursts of Matisse-like brushstrokes in rich and vivid colours.”
About the champion
Davina Barber works with emerging and established artists to sell their work at exhibitions and art fairs. An Art History graduate with a passion for the Modern British era, she splits her time between Norfolk, where she is an Ambassador to the Sainsbury Centre and runs the pop-up exhibition series Norfolk by Design, and London, where she’s a prominent figure within the art fair scene.