Carole Stephens

Black and white shapes
209
(Room 11)
Colourful abstract figures
210
(Room 11)
Blue teapot pouring into a cup
211
(Room 11)

209. With thanks to Pete Hay : Waiting, Monoprint, 52 x 42cm, £50 mounted

I was lucky to take part in a print workshop led by Peter Hay in the late 80s. Being new to Berkshire I was unaware how much he had already contributed as a printer and illustrator to the Reading art scene. As can be seen in my print 'With thanks to Pete Hay: Waiting', he encouraged me to take prints from patterned or textured surfaces (a piece of lace in this instance') as well as working 'back to front'. That is, inking up surface and taking away areas of the ink with a rag or a brush, to create your image.

 

210. 'alas poor Romeo....stabbed with a white wench's black eye...', Mixed media, 58 x40cm, £90 mounted

Made as part of an exhibition at Progress Theatre, for their production of Romeo and Juliet.

 

211. Teapot at MERL, Mixed media, 12 x 13cm, original NFS, prints available £10 each

A monster tea pot from the collection at MERL, this work is a celebration marking the 20th year of the Whiteknights Studio Trail which in 2020 sadly could not happen. This work is featured in the book The Art & History of Whiteknights, available from Two Rivers Press.

 

Head popping up
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(Room 1)
Seated figure
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(Room 1)
River and boats in collage
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(Room 9)

168. Ethelwynn Trewavas, Mixed Media, 9 x 20cm, £65 unframed

Ethelwynn Trewavas (1900 - 1993) was a ichthyologist who studied at Reading University 1917-21. She was greatly respected in her field, with many fish species named after her. This portrait was made as part of a series of influential women of Reading.

 

169. Evelyn Dunbar, Mixed Media, 9 x 22cm, £65 unframed

Evelyn Dunbar RCA was born in Reading in 1906. As an illustrator, artist and teacher she is particularly remembered for paintings made of the Women's Land Army's efforts on the Home Front during World War II. This portrait was made as part of a series of influential women of Reading.

 

170. Two fours make eight, Mixed Media, framed 73 x 63cm, £220

'Two fours make eight' refers to the size of the crews (Twos, Fours, Eights) rowing the boats glimpsed in this picture. I hoped to capture the movement of the rowers and river water and the atmosphere of a walk alongside the Thames, in collage and print.

 

Colourful bunches of flowers in two vases
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(Room 6)
Potting bench, shed and flowers with young tomato plants
85
(Room 6)
Blue vases of flowers and compost bin
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(Room 6)

My 'Reading in Lockdown' pictures:

 

84. Overblown, Pen, ink, paint and wash, 37 x 55cm, £110 unframed, £180 framed

Lockdown was very claustrophobic, physically and emotionally. In this painting I had escaped into the garden, and drew the flowers against a background of burgeoning spring colour. My favourite little jug of special roses is in the foreground.

 

85. Sarah Raven's Tomato Plants, Pen and ink and wash, 37 x 55cm, £110 unframed, £180 framed

Can you find the tiny tomato seedling lurking amongst the chaos of all the flowers? The mess of garden furniture gives way to view of the garden. Nature carried on despite lockdown.

 

86. Midday Sun, Pen and ink and wash, 55 x 37cm, £110 unframed, £180 framed

The sun was burning through the glass. In focusing on the beautiful flowers in front of me, I almost forgot the emotional and physical restraints then weighing on me.

 

To contact the artist:

www.artbycarolestephens.com

caroleedwards.stephens@yahoo.co.uk

07746862249

For more about the artist, see RGA Gallery page: Carole Stephens