Lot 122 - Pip Shuckburgh - Nun's Just Like To Have Fun!
Acrylic and Watercolour on Paper
A6 (15x10cm) Original Artwork
Signed on Verso
Pip Shuckburgh, née Spargo, was born and brought up on the Oxfordshire/Berkshire borders. Her family was, and is, universally artistic. Her parents created, amongst many other things, the iconic television animated series Willo the Wisp. She assumed, as a child, that everyone was an artist and that the regular, evening critique of her and her siblings’ art work was as normal as scrambled eggs.
Inevitably she went to art college and embarked on a career in illustration and commercial art, landing her first complete book to illustrate at the age of 21.
Working largely in watercolour and gouache, she illustrated books for Duckworth, (Cry Wolf, by Patrice Chaplin), Blackie, (The Safe and Sound series), Mitchell Beazeley, (The Pocket Book of Dogs), Heineman, the Sunday Times and many others. She had a studio in Clerkenwell in London where she worked on commercial commissions for such companies as Pedigree Pet foods, ICI, Grand Met, Lucas and Vitalin.
To fulfil her long-standing ambition to be a painter, she turned to oils in the 1990s. For several years she honed her painting skills, before her first, solo exhibition in her home town of Bampton, where her work was greeted with huge enthusiasm and many of her paintings found new homes.
She has exhibited successfully in the C2 gallery in Milton Keynes, the Said gallery, the North Wall gallery and St Hilda’s college in Oxford, the Cork Street and Knapp galleries in London, Chelsea Arts Clubs members exhibition, and the 2022 Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy.
Her paintings hang in private collections around the world, as well as BMW in Munich, and, recently, as prints and cards around Oxfordshire.
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
I often try, where appropriate, to inject some humour into my paintings and this seemed like a good opportunity to do so. Like most humour however, these cards have a dark side. Perhaps a small pointer at the current unacceptability of images once considered curious and exotic; maybe a slightly deflating thought about human hubris.
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