Sue Prince Folk Art Paintings
Sue Prince of Beechenhill Farm in the Staffordshire Peak District village of Ilam creates folkart paintings set in and inspired by the Peak District landscape, painted in egg tempera made with eggs from her farm’s organic hens. The method originally came from Sweden, and was discovered in a Peak District National Park Authority business project BESST (Business and Environment linked through Small Scale Tourism). Sue is passionate about local food and a sustainable countryside so this natural method of painting brings all her interests together.
The paintings, in the tradition of the Bayeux Tapestry, tell stories. The words, as important as the images, are sometimes Haiku like or almost folk song lyrics. The paintings celebrate and comment upon modern life, rural and urban through the eyes of a Peak District person.
Peak District women depicted in Sue’s bonads (Swedish for decorative wall hanging) are dressed in gowns with traditional well-dressing patterns; this led to the creation of a series of works about water featuring well dressing Angels. Other series include local food and farming, protest, trees and birds.
‘It is the Shepe’ showing a typical sheep shearing experience was awarded a medal in the 2011 Derbyshire Open Arts competition. Sue has exhibited in the UK and has works in the permanent collections of galleries in Sweden and Slovenia having also participated in the 42nd gathering of international naive artists at the Galerija likovnih Samorastnikov (The Gallery of Naïve Artists) Slovenia.
Sue’s latest commission was for Sir Richard Fitzhertbert of Tissington, his gift to his bride on their wedding day 28th October 2011.
Sue has a current exhibition at Gallery at 12, High Street Eccleshall, near Stafford
www.galleryat12.co.uk 5th to 26th November 2011