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PIPPA BLAKE: SOMEONE WHO'LL WATCH OVER ME
Following her time as Artist in Residence at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2015, Blake's paintings are a response to the play, 'Someone Who'll Watch Over Me', by Irish playwright, Frank McGuinness, performed at Chichester's Minerva Theatre in the autumn. A powerful testimony to the strength and resilience of the human spirit, the play tells the story of the adversity, experiences and ultimately the bonds forged between three hostages in Lebanon in the 1980's.
Pippa Blake, 'Adam', 2016, Oil on Canvas.
Pippa Blake, 'Edward', 2016, Oil on Canvas
Pippa Blake, 'Michael', 2016, Oil on Canvas
Blake says: "...Albeit a silent observer, it was a privilege to be one of the team and to witness not only the raw emotions and relationships that developed between the characters in the play but also to watch the input from the director, cast and crew as the production gradually developed."
Blake's first residency at Chichester Festival Theatre was in 2014, when she focused on Richard Bean's play 'Pitcairn', about the colonizing of a South Pacific island in 1789. It was the first time that an artist had used theatre as the starting point for their work, exploring the visuals, atmosphere and psychology of a play. The resulting paintings were exhibited in London and at West Dean College.
Michael Attenborough CBE, director of the play said, "...It was rather thrilling to have a visual artist amongst us and the raw vulnerability of her images bears testimony both to her talent and the power of Frank McGuinness' extraordinary play."
Pippa was born in Portsmouth in 1954 and now lives and works on Chichester Harbour. She is an alumni of Camberwell College of Art in London, and West Dean College. Her work is often inspired by moving film stills and Internet news sites. She has travelled the world extensively, and has exhibited her work in both the UK and New Zealand.
Pippa Blake: Someone Who'll Watch Over Me will be on display in the Garden Gallery at Pallant House Gallery from 10 May until 19 June 2016. Entry to the Garden Gallery is free.
A series of smaller works by the artist will also be on display at the exhibition 'The Story of Art' at Candida Stevens Fine Art from 28 May until 2 June 2016. Find out more at www.candidastevens.com.