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74 ARTIST PROFILE Siobhan Purdy

Dreamaway Tree, 2017, oil on canvas, 152 x 122 cm

Black Bunny, 2014, oil on canvas, 80 x 60 cm

Siobhan Purdy

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n Siobhan Purdy’s work a play of both vulnerability and strength is found within the paint; the dreamy surface merely hinting at the history of earlier layers. While the viewer may simply see figures draped in flowers and foliage interacting with objects and animals, there is a suggestion of further layers of symbolic meaning, and a sense of story beyond the painting’s edge. Working with oil on canvas or board, composition is an important part of the artist’s process, often moving the canvas around several times to find the perfect structure. Her technique often creates a crayon-like effect in

pant, enhancing the childlike quality she aims for. Children and animals are the protagonists of her paintings, with features that combine to create a feeling of extended reality. There is a narrative to each piece, existing from memories and personal experience. Purdy’s studio is based in Redruth, Cornwall. Her work can currently be found at Hidden Gallery, Bristol, Beside the Wave Gallery, London, and Byre Gallery, Millbrook. purdysart.co.uk post@purdysart.co.uk

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Inside Artists - Issue 15  

The power of nature is all around us, affecting our lives as humans in strange and unexpected ways. Sometimes physical, sometimes profound,...

Inside Artists - Issue 15  

The power of nature is all around us, affecting our lives as humans in strange and unexpected ways. Sometimes physical, sometimes profound,...

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