Fiona Stanbury Artist artworks for sale
Artist: Fiona Stanbury
Live in: Tunbridge Wells, Kent, United Kingdom
Artworks for sale: 92.00
Fiona Stanbury Artist Bio:
As a child I used to lie in fields and watch the sky float over me, and find worlds of meaning in the colours and shapes of the clouds. I explored the land in all seasons, breathing in its essences and meanings, and sought for a form to express this spirit. This relationship and connection with landscape followed me into adulthood, and my work always relates back to these experiences. When I was 12 I began to study Chinese watercolours, especially landscapes and animal paintings that had been rendered with simple, expressive brushstrokes. It has always been natural for me to paint with colour rather than draw something then fill it in with colour. I follow the life of the brushstroke and painted marks and they suggest worlds which sometimes echo my experiences or suggest further ideas to explore. My recent trip to China was exciting because it affirmed my growing direction and interest in different types of brushstrokes. On my return to the UK I began a series of ink paintings on rice paper, with Chinese calligraphy brushes (materials bought in Beijing), and the new elements that have emerged have now seeped into my works on canvas. (Ink paintings on rice paper series can be viewed on my website.) I have recently been invited to do a painting residency in China (for the month of August) and this will allow me to continue to explore ink on rice paper, and brush strokes on a large scale. I was born in Malta, lived in Nigeria as a child, and then in Cyprus from 1984 to 1998. My travels and journeys have influenced my colours and shapes, and how I view the world.I am driven by my need to paint, and my evolving ideas about colour and gestural painted marks. My paintings seek for a form and composition that expresses my inner world,and to create a synthesis between inscapes and landscapes expressed by different kinds of marks and brushstrokes. . I have written art criticism (for the Cyprus Weekly, during my 14 years living there,) and articles for THE JACKDAW. I have taken part in online interviews: Podcast: ahtcast.com studiocritical.com Online essay for the WIP Project (online art magazine, based in Chicago), called 'What is Painting?' Recently I took a portrait workshop at the Skinners Kent Academy (Tunbridge Wells), and I have also assisted in curating exhibitions in Cyprus. Most recently (and ongoing) I set up a pop-up gallery in Tunbridge Wells with a local group of artists.