Autumn 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, and 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 drawing pictures of her Dog ‘Toby’ and recreating the sights and sounds of her everyday life.
Fast forward to 2017 and visit Lucy at work in her studio, you will still see that very same practice in action. 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. Graduating from University in Newcastle with a degree in Graphic Design, Lucy forged a career as a designer before moving into teaching and lecturing at Darlington College of Technology. Realising there is a large and exciting world outside of the North East, Lucy decided to quit her job at the age of 30, 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, who persuaded her not to return to Peru, and instead stay 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, and four years later finds herself as an awardwinning 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.