Chris Grace

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I trained at Liverpool Art School, Liverpool Polytechnic (now LJMU) and graduated with a BA Hons in Graphic Design. After 25 years in Art Education, I now pursue my own work and enjoy the challenges of a rugged and windswept landscape or coastline and the fleeting effects of light on colour which impacts strongly on my work in both felt and paint. I strive to capture this and provide the viewer with a connection to the spectacular landscape found within and around the British Isles.

What inspires you?
My work primarily draws inspiration from the foreshores and estuaries around the west of Britain and the untamed landscape of Cumbria, Snowdonia and British moorland. I set out to record the patterns created by changing tides, weather and light as the land is reshaped and reclaimed. The light and flow of the land is manifested through the colour, composition, and materials selected to capture the landscape before me.

What is the process of producing one of your pieces?
Working initially in sketchpads, I record the land with initial drawings and colour references on site, developing this work back in the studio using British and Norwegian pure wools, flax, linen and silks. My work also includes paintings which stand alongside the ‘painterly’ fibre work to provide the audience with greater insight into my relationship with the great British landscape.

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