Priscilla Watkins


Priscilla Watkins
Holiday
oil on board
9.5 x 9.5cm
£500

Priscilla Watkins
Blue Eyed Boy
oil on linen
29.5 x 29.5cm
£650
Priscilla Watkins
Fizz
oil on canvas
25.5 x 30cm
£650
Priscilla Watkins
Paper Pool
mixed media
29 x 40.5cm
£225
Priscilla Watkins
Gone Swimming
linocut print, 35/40
20 x 28cm
£65
Priscilla Watkins
Gone Swimming
linocut print, 7/40
20 x 28cm
£35 (unframed)
Priscilla Watkins
Gentle Giant
linocut print, 18/22
19 x 27.5cm
£35 (unframed)


Priscilla studied Visual Art at Lancaster University and went on to work in magazine design; she was the art editor of NME in the early 1990s. Her career as a commercial artist started later that decade.

Inspired by photographs of her children taken in a swimming pool with a disposable underwater camera, Priscilla has developed her interest in the effects of light (and shadow) on water. She uses oils to capture the the subtlety and prismatic quality of light when it hits flesh, and a combination of watercolour and folds in paper to capture light and shadows. Her works feature swimmers at Brockwell Lido, an inspiring Art Deco building in south London. She starts with photographs taken there, editing, improvising and adjusting as she paints.

“I want my pictures to be full of the joy of colour, sun and cold water… to show that ordinary life and an everyday activity like swimming can be full of mystery and poetry.”

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