Lucy Burscough actually studied sculpture at Manchester Metropolitan University but went on to concentrate on painting and portraiture after her first painting was used by the National Portrait Gallery to publicise their BP Portrait Award.
A local painter, Lucy juggles, fragments and muddles the face to reveal how the mind inherently seeks order and rationalises space.
Images become cutups, jigsaws, tessellating canvases and interactive puzzles some of which the viewer can engage with physically and arrange to fit their particular visual desires for the day. Lucy says:
“Thus, originally realist paintings are given the opportunity to transmogrify into abstract works, and different aspects of the image can have greater or lesser emphasis according to the composition selected by the viewer.”
The viewer is offered an opportunity to play with the art and become participants in the creative process in a manner that is usually impossible within Burscough’s chosen medium of oil painting.
Lucy invites the viewer to mess their heads up. Burscough’s website also includes some of her more classically constructed portraits in oils on canvas.
In this more traditional form Lucy’s use of diverting composition lends a particular appeal to personal portraits. In her portraits of children she tends to avoid the kitsch of traditional family portraits whilst still representing the personality of the sitters.
Lucy has exhibited widely in the north west, in London and Italy and has been shortlisted for a number of portraiture awards. Her portrait subjects have included the late, great John Peel, Lord Melvyn Bragg and Jon Snow of Channel 4 News .
Lucy works as a model-maker at Chorlton’s Cosgrove Hall Films , a well respected Mancunian institution where DangerMouse, Chorlton and the Wheelies amongst other greats were produced. Burscough currently makes Postman Pat’s sacks.
Her portrait of Matt and Phred’s regular double-bassist Jon Thorne is featured on the album, “Manchester Road” by Jon Thorne’s Oedipus Complex which was released on EGEA records in May 2006.
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