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13 SEPTEMBER 2021 - 30 SEPTEMBER 2021
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68. Christabel Blackburn

Me at Costco

Medium: oil & pencil on panel

Execution date: 2021

Dimensions: 52 x 62 cm framed, 50 x 60 cm unframed


£2,000 - 3,000

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Christabel Blackburn is an artist living and practising in London. After finishing her degree in Classical Studies at Newcastle University she studied figurative drawing in Florence. Embracing this traditional foundation, she completed a further two years painting at the London Atelier of Representational Art.

Christabel’s strong sense of observation enables her to capture people with minimal information. This pared down detail can be seen in both her figures and their environment, the symbiosis between the two becoming a central theme. Be it a lone figure in a gallery or a woman passing by a sunlit Brutalist building, the stillness she portrays in her everyday scenes draws the viewer in and invites them to exchange places with the subject. The intimacy she creates pulls you closer, giving you a greater sense of the people in the picture, their thoughts and their feelings. The simplicity of her work conveys the anonymity and calm felt in a crowded city. Her scenes transcend the everyday; they are stories about identity and how we live our lives.


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