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Figures, Creatures and Tea
by Julia de Greff
7 January – 13 April 2015
Figures, Creatures and Tea offers a stunning collection of rich and colourful paintings and prints inspired by juggling the artist’s busy life with her young family and their friends – alongside her great love of tea.
The exhibition also features three exciting new paintings that were created in response to our latest theatre season, with works inspired by Chicken Licken, Handa’s Surprise and Pitschi, the Kitten with Dreams.
De Greff’s work is alive with quirky things that can make you smile and wonder, and aims to ask questions provoked by the work on display – where does the cow with the red bucket live? Why does the woman with blue eye shadow have a bird on her shoulder? Who are the tea cups laid out for?
Working principally in oils, using cloth rather than brush to put the paint onto the work, and built layer by layer, often this will see work being re-painted over by another study. This gives a warm, complex, almost rough feel. Often the work will then be completed by using charcoal to define figures which have the abstract feel of Matisse, Chagall or Picasso, artists from whom she has drawn influence.
London born de Greff trained at the Slade in Painting and Drawing, and in Printmaking at Morley College. She won a Special Award in 2005 at the International Art Exhibition (China) and the 2006 Deborah Roslund Prize (Dulwich Picture Gallery Summer Exhibition).
Find out more at www.juliadegreff.co.uk.
If you are making a visit to the gallery as a school / community group or with children, as with all our exhibitions there is a free gallery trail which is available to pick up from the reception area. Alternatively, you can download it in advance here: