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Lorraine Peacock (b. 1962)

Lorraine Peacock British artist, born in Huntington, Cambridgeshire in 1962 now living a and working in London with a strong connection to the Potteries having studied and widely exhibited in the area.

Lorraine states:

"I Attended North Staffordshire Polytechnic 1984-87 and am grateful for the support and encouragement from my tutors, most memorably Enos Lovatt, Tony Wild and Arthur Berry during my studies there.

I have exhibited my work in and around Stoke-on-Trent with fellow artist Jo Kent at: The Centre Gallery in Leek, The New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme and at Keele University Gallery. I have also shown work at Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery on many occasions (including a solo exhibition), David Holmes Gallery in Peterborough, Kettles Yard in Cambridge and with The London Group.

More recently, I exhibited work with the Islington Museum, Tower Hamlets local history Library and Archive and the Islington Arts Society, of which I have recently become a member."

Lorraine Peacock 2021

Artist Statement: May 2021.

"I do not work in a studio; instead I have a portable studio (it contains everything I need such as: crayons, oil pastels, pencils, marker pens, palette knife and paper), which I carry to various venues such as: The Book Club, The King's Head Private Member's Club, The Queen of Hoxton, The Hackney Attic and others.

I chanced upon several creative groups like: Art Macabre, Art Model Collective, Flesh and Bones, The London Drawing Group and Cabaret Culture. These events were often experimental, offering an unusual take on a particular theme. Perhaps, more importantly, was the collaborations between artists and models and it is these unique individuals I want to capture in my work!

I begin by blocking large areas of colour, mapping the people and the place; often working from the outside in, each mark informing the next. All the time watching, believing in my hand, working frantically and trying to make decisions very quickly. Often things go awry but I see it as part of the creative process. I need to respond; things might need to be changed or even scraped back with the palette knife! All too often, time is running out, I must up the tempo once again and bring in a few lines which will reconcile the work.

It's crucial that I have the freedom to create what I see and in my own way. Hopefully, by the end I capture a visual memory, some of the buzz and excitement about place(s) and the people I have met at these venues."