EMILY FEAVER - ARTIST AND PRINTMAKER
I have been working as an Artist and Printmaker for over twenty-five years.
Most of my work is observed directly from life, using oils and watercolour. My linocuts, once a sideline, now play a more prominent role.
From grey-blue beginnings in London, my paintings have progressed via the lush claustrophobia of a village near Farnham to the exposed, chalky light of a remote field in Hampshire.
I now live and work from a self-built studio within earshot of The Watercress Line, painting the snow as it collects on a fallen tree, the surrounding fields, trees and sky; the derelict out-buildings, and piles of wood and scrap metal.
When the vagaries of the British weather drive me indoors, I paint still lives. These dwell on empty chairs, discarded clothes, shoes, books and gardening gloves ; inanimate objects charged with the presence of absent owners. Or, they can be inspired by my collection of old china plates and cups. I love the subtle, reflective, patterned surfaces of these energetic vessels as they interact with the beautiful, perishable lives of fish, fruit and wild flowers. In recent work, scraps of salvaged wallpaper with birds, boats and fishermen, add a whimsical dimension.
I fill my sketchbooks with people and places; Devon, Cornwall, Cumbria, Northumberland, France, Italy and Greece. These reappear in my linocut prints, edited and composed like poems. Recent prints range from small birds and insects to cyclists and complex, large-scale repeat pattern images.
I was brought up on Brixton Hill ( with three siblings and parents, art critic William Feaver and poet Vicki Feaver) in a house crammed with paintings, art books and junk shop ephemera. We spent every holiday in Northumberland where, in the absence of television and running water, we all painted, wrote, read or roamed. I attended life drawing classes from the age of fourteen and then went on to study the work of Rembrandt, Breughel, Titian and Velasquez at University. I soon realised that my passion for their work was painterly, not academic, and, on graduating, began my own self taught practice as an artist.