Ketton artist set for Stamford show as lockdown inspires new creative spark
While lockdown has put many lives on hold, it has helped inspire Rutland artist Lucy Cade to find a new lease of creative life.
Lucy, from Ketton, has returned to the art world after a break to bring up her three children, and is putting the finishing touches to her next solo show.
The Supposition of her Existence will feature about 18 of her paintings, and runs at Stamford Contemporary Arts from Monday, May 10 to Saturday, June 12.
Before then, Lucy’s work will feature in an online exhibition hosted by the London Paint Club which begins on Monday and runs until April 11.
“It has always been an ambition of mine to paint and always something I have done, but it had gone in the background for too long,” she said.
“I didn’t have a creative block, but I hadn’t been practising very regularly for a while, for maybe seven years.”
Despite its privations and challenges, life under limits has given many time to re-evaluate and reflect.
For Lucy it meant a rethink of her artistic aims and ultimately to discover a lost love.
“My coming back was really sparked by lockdown in March last year,” she explained.
"It helped propel me into this new creative phase.
“I just found I had a lot more time and a lot of energy. It made me rethink what I wanted to get out of life.
“I hadn’t realise how much energy that had taken from me and had forgotten what it was like to be immersed in art. It was fun."
After graduating in classics at Oxford University, Lucy went on to complete an art foundation at Oxford Brookes University and set up as a practising artist.
She currently combines both skills, teaching classics part-time at Leicester Grammar School, while creating works and taking commissions as an artist.
“I’m looking to reduce my teaching hours and gradually edge towards self-employment again,” she added.
“Art has to be part-time at the moment because I have a family to support and responsibilities, but I will see where it takes me."
Lucy's contemporary style of oil-painting has twice seen her work featured at the annual Discerning Eye exhibition at Mall Galleries, in London.
But after taking her extended break from art, she needed a nudge closer to home to revive her self-belief.
“I didn’t have much self-esteem in my art - that had taken a knock,” Lucy explained.
“But a friend put me on to Beverley (Wrigley-Pheasant) at Gallery Stamford and she wanted to show my paintings.”
The result was a combined exhibition with Caroline Boyfield in the months before the first lockdown.
“I really enjoyed putting on the show, the only thing missing was the run up to it and making the work, because these were paintings I had done previously," she added.
“In the summer when being in the studio was more of a habit, I knew I’d be producing more paintings so I contacted Beverley and she agreed to a solo show.”
To see Lucy’s work at the London Paint Club, visit londonpaintclub.com/category/exhibition/current/ or visit lucycade.wordpress.com