utumn 2017 sees the launch of award winning artist Lucy Pittaway’s latest bright and colourful collection. Many will instantly recognise her art and style from the fabulous work she painted to commemorate the Tour de Yorkshire 2016 and 2017 where Lucy was named the Official Artist of the Tour. Lucy has become synonymous with Yorkshire and the North, with the Fine Art Trade Guild naming her the UK’s ‘Best Up and Coming Artist of the Year 2016’ in recognition of her work.

Look at a Lucy Pittaway picture, and you can’t help but break into a smile. There is a real-life story in every one. Often its inspiration has been taken from our beloved Yorkshire and the North East. Born in Stockton-on-Tees in 1974, Lucy Pittaway was always fascinated by art. From an early age she would draw pictures of her Dog ‘Toby’ and recreate the sights and sounds of her everyday life.

Now a fully adopted resident of Yorkshire

Fast forward to 2017. If you visit Lucy in her studio, you will still see that very same practice in action. Lucy is now a fully adopted resident of Yorkshire with her husband Neil, twins William and Ava, and the newest arrival Patsy, a 6-month-old larger than life Jack Russell. Lucy creates bright, fun, colourful works of art inspired by her everyday life, relationships and
experiences to create art that is developing a national and international following at an incredible rate.

But it very nearly didn’t happen

Lucy graduating from Newcastle University with a degree in Graphic Design. She went on to forge a career as a designer before moving into teaching at Darlington College of Technology. Realising there’s a large and exciting world outside of the North East, Lucy decided to quit her job aged 30. She began teaching in the North East, and ended up trekking the trails of South America.

On a return trip to the North East, Lucy met her childhood sweetheart Neil. Neil persuaded her not to return to Peru. Instead they stayed in Yorkshire where they got married and started a family. Once Lucy’s twins started school, Lucy decided the time was right to try her hand as a professional artist. Four years later found herself as an award-winning artist with a fast-growing reputation in the art world.

Using the medium of soft pastel, blended into board with her fingers and knuckles, often to the point of rubbing them raw, Lucy creates incredible detail and vibrancy in her work. Collections are diverse and varied in their subject matter, being best known for her quirky ‘Sheep’ Collection, with fun and humorous characters set in a myriad of Yorkshire’s stunning locations. From Penhill to Richmond, Bolton Castle to Swaledale, windswept and battered, or playing in a stream, Lucy’s sheep bring to life what is best about life in the Dales.

Through her Tour de Yorkshire work, Lucy has amassed a following for her Cycling and Le Tour themed collection. With these again being inspired by some of North Yorkshire’s most iconic landmarks, such as the Whitby Whale Bone Arch, Fountains Abbey, The Ribblehead Viaduct and Hebden Bridge, with Yorkshire sitting at the heart of everything Lucy does.

You can see the full collection of Lucy’s work by visiting one of her dedicated art galleries in Brompton-on-Swale or Richmond, North Yorkshire, or at www.lucypittaway.co.uk.

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