The Spring Auction 2020

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65. Poppy BH

The Leg Lamp

Estimate: £450 - 700

The Spring Auction 2020 - Lot 65, Poppy BH, The Leg Lamp

Signed ‘PBH’ (lower right) and dated (on the reverse of the frame)
Indian ink and oil pastels on paper
60 x 42 cm.
Created January 2020

Leg Lamp is a vibrant study of one of the "weird and wonderful" objects that artist Poppy BH grew up with in her family home and farm in Ireland.

In January this year, Poppy spent a month in Ireland recording some of the more unusual objects she had grown up around. Casting her artist's eye over these objects, she eulogises them in short sharp brush and pastel strokes. She invests in them a new sense of reality, one that appropriately brings the objects to life to give them a sense of character. Each object seems to be another member of the family. 

"I like to capture my subjects with strong line works and bold colours, using a 'less is more' approach. In this way, I hope to imbue them with new meaning; to move away from purely representational art towards more playful depictions that places emphasis on the sentimental significance of these chosen people or objects."

This ongoing series of drawings is called Stills with a Story.

Poppy is also exhibiting It's Just a (Very) Little Lemon Tree in The Spring Auction. 


English Literature MA, University of Edinburgh

Group Exhibitions: The Christmas Show, Abbeville Road, London, 2019. Wondering People, London. Wondering People, Summerhall Gallery, Edinburgh, 2016. Palau Zuriaga, Barcelona, 2015. Edinburgh University Arts Festival, Whitecube Gallery, Edinburgh, 2014. The Big Picture, The Telegraph.

Artist-in-Residence, Bushey Hill School, Watford, 2017.

The Spring Auction 2020 - Lot 65, Poppy BH, The Leg Lamp

28 Mar Mar 28

Candid Arts, 3 Torrens St, London EC1V 1NQ