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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

RWA Open show winner
Fiona Hingston

Artwork by Fiona Hingston

St Cuthberts Mill supports the Bristol RWA Open show with a prize of  20 sheets of Saunders Watercolour paper. Local artist Fiona Hingston won this prize in 2013 for her work Collection Box. She went on to use the paper for a series of woodland drawings that saw her win the Hauser and Wirth prize at the Black Swan Open last year.

Fiona has spent many years using earth as the basis for her drawings. With the addition of  ink, charcoal and graphite she builds up layers on a paper support and draws with a knife blade and improvised tools and erasers. Scraping back, constantly refining the subject and exposing stains and imperfections over what can be long periods of time, embeds an image both in the paper and in her mind.

Watercolour paper was not something she had thought of using, but with her prize of twenty sheets she began experimenting and realized that the paper would be perfect for a series based on woodland near her home. The soft smoothness of the paper absorbed the wash of earth leaving a sepia tone when erased. The thickness of the paper also meant that it could be reworked with charcoal and coloured pencils. 

These drawings will be on show at her studio for Somerset Open Studios during September. Venue 115.

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