“I grew up in Suffolk where the skies are vast and the land is low and flat. My grandad was an architect and he taught me the rudiments of technical drawing when I was 9. He made me a drawing board and a T square, and showed me how to sharpen a pencil with a knife.”
That’s how British artist Kate Lycett describes herself; it feels like something we could read on a book. And that’s the same impression we have in front of her warm, bright bucolic landscapes: beautiful illustrations that could come from the pages of old books, antique yet so modern. And even though human presence is always left out from the paintings, they look lively and full of life. We can feel the force, the joy of being in harmony with nature. A nature identified with the British countryside, wet landscapes so dear to the artist.
All that remains of Littlemoor are the flight of stone steps now in Littlemoor Park, Queensbury. Home to Herbert Anderton Foster, Littlemoor stood for less than 40 years before it was demolished in 1936. Lycett brings the atmosphere of the place back to life with her Art, reading reality through her brushes: strong yet delicate architectures adorned by decorative motifs (that recalls textile design), surrounded by green lawns and red woods. An elegant writing frames and gives stability to this soaked illustration.
My textile design background is always present in the way that I paint, and interpret what is around me. I see patterns in everything; the hills adorned with houses and washing lines, rows of flower pots and stripes of brightly painted drain pipes. Lines of gold thread trace lines through the landscape, and gold leaf changes the surface of my pictures with the changing light of day. I want to paint beautiful pictures of the places that I love.
Depending on the painting, Kate Lycett uses different materials to build up her scenes; in this case she decided for gouache, inks, acrylics, pigment sticks, pencils, gold leaf and gold thread.
Lycett Facebook page is particularly fascinating as the artist often shows her work-in-progress phases.
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