The image many of us have of an artist’s studio is of a large airy space, full of natural light, littered with large canvases yet messily creative. When Kim Williams met four local artists she found that the studios they work from don’t necessarily conform to stereotype.
Figurative artist, Angela Repping spends hours at her dining room table slowly building up forms from a two to three dimensional image. Her dining room table is her studio, but it also has to be a space she and the family eat their meals from. However, Angela has an ingenious solution – a wooden cupboard where all her work is packed away. She admits she misses having a space where she can just stand back and assess her work. “I have a space on the wall above the wooden bench in my dining room where I hang work in progress, which is great as I can constantly view my work and think about the next stages but it also means I can never let go, even with it all stored away in the cupboard”.
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Many will recognise Rachel Marshall’s innovative and distinctive paintings – school run mums in puffa jackets, dog walkers and beaches goers. They all began life in what was once the dining room in Rachel’s house. Taking the door away meant Rachel could make the studio part of her home and importantly for her, part of her daughters life. “I wanted my young daughter to experience my work, experience art and have what I do be part of her life.” But Rachel says there is also a disadvantage to taking the door away. “The rest of my house is tidy but the studio’s a mess, I hoard art stuff. The walls are filled with other people’s work, inspirational cuttings, images, postcards, notes, sketches, jars of shells and pottery, bits, bobs – but I like to think of it as creative mess”.
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Scottish landscape artist Fee Dickson admits to being a bit scared of her studio. Living in a converted flat in an old house, the cellar, which was once the butler’s quarters, is now her working space. “It’s a bit dark and eerie and not very well lit, I won’t go there at night” says Fee, “plus it’s absolutely freezing in winter, so in winter I have to relocate upstairs to (effectively) a cupboard with a window.” As an artist who responds to her environment and has a preoccupation with light, this could add an interesting angle to her work. But really it’s not as dreary as it sounds, the space is filled with Fee’s work. Often five or six canvases at a time are propped up against the walls – all work in progress and all stunning.
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Jayne Stokes has inhabited many unusual and diverse studio spaces during her career as an artist including – an old ticket office on Platform 3 of Peckham Rye Station, an old shop unit in Brixton Market, a vacant factory unit, a school store cupboard and a disused farm building. Finally after 23 years of working she has her dream, a dedicated space at her home in North Berwick. Designed by her husband Ben, Turnstone Studio is purpose-built and used as Jayne’s workspace as well as for teaching classes in drawing and painting. Jayne says “I feel very lucky to finally have a dedicated workspace with great lighting and storage where I can paint and draw until the early hours when I have deadline for a show”.
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It’s from here the four artists are collaborating once again to hold a joint exhibition during the Fringe by the Sea Festival. Small Wonders will feature a collection of small intimate pieces – paintings, drawings, mixed media and sketches of the inner workings of these four very different but very talented artists. Many of the pieces will be unframed making them very affordable as well as collectable pieces of art. Small, but perfectly formed and all from amazing spaces.