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
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
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.
If you are, or know of any local
artists (painters, photographers, potters, sculptors, etc) located
or based in and around Manchester please let us know, and if appropriate,
we’ll try to include them. Contact us directly by email.