“This painting is based on a photograph taken while walking above Lake Windemere, on an overcast summer’s day. The foreground detail of dark peat among the marshy grass, and the tiny dark trees sparsely dotting the mid-ground, are reflected in the small islands in the distant lake winding through the valley. These islets are known as ‘holms’, from the Proto-Germanicroot hulmaz (‘rising ground, hill, island’). I like the idea of the hills rising from the water, unfurling in layers and climbing up to the high point where I stood.” – Grace Crabtree, 2022
Grace Crabtree is a figurative painter whose work shifts between historical and contemporary references, and between the human figure and landscape. Grace draws from traditions of fresco and icon painting, developing an individual style using egg tempera, which provides the paintings with a delicate and luminous quality. This studio sale offers some earlier works which bring a contemporary twist to ancient myths and stories, and more recent paintings inspired by the landscapes of West Dorset and the Lake District.
Grace Crabtree is an artist based in Bridport, West Dorset. Since graduating from the Ruskin School of Art in 2019, Grace has exhibited in a number of group exhibitions, and undertaken two artist residencies (DRAWinternational, Caylus, France, and Zaratan AIR, Lisbon, Portugal). She is currently enrolled on a second year of the Turps Correspondence Course.
Turps Correspondence Course (2021-22; 2020-21); Ruskin School of Art (BFA Hons) (2016-19); Falmouth School of Art (Foundation) (2015-16).
Selected Exhibitions: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog, Turps Correspondence Course 20/21 (online), 2021. SWAc Annual Open Exhibition, South West Academy, Devon, 2021. Small Pleasures II, All Mouth Gallery (online), 2021. Life on Venus I (2020), II & III, The Tub & virtual auction at The Auction Collective (online), 2021. New Narratives, Literary and Scientific Institute, Bridport, Dorset, 2020. Painters Still Painting, Bridport Contemporary gallery (online), 2020.