St Ives Abstract - mixed media 17x17cm
Great Molunan Ariel - watercolour
St Ives limited edition silk scarf - printed silk, 95 x95cms
Watercolour landscape, abstract art and limited edition silk scarves.
I am particularly interested in the unusual and accidental qualities of watercolour and abstract composition.
Inspiration comes directly from the landscape. The impact of our changing climate is another ongoing research portfolio.
My current work explores themes of transition, using the medium of flowing wet watercolour and photography. My approach to watercolour painting is experimental, pushing the medium to its limits, celebrating the translucency, watermarks and granulation effects.
The seasonal shifts, changing features of the landscape and transient visitors provide inspiration for my work especially the 'stripped back' qualities of winter. Another ongoing theme is pattern and sequence in nature. I use many mediums as part of my process including pen and ink studies and paper sculpture.
My recent work involves the integration of intricate paper sculptures into ice. Photographs are the end product of a process which evolves through location based research and sketching, colour studies and mixed media experiments in the studio, paper sculpture work, paper and ice integration and documentation of this final product through all of the stages of thaw and disintegration.
Features - DEBORAH BIRD: Featured Artist
Abstract in progress (detail)
Gylly Silk scarf
Pendennis Point Ariel
Porthcurnick beach and Ariel
Paper Sculpture Diatom
The Anatomy of Plants
The Keeper of the Books
2005 - MA Fine Art, De Montfort University, Leicester
1981 - BA Graphic Design, Bath Academy of Art
2014 - Artist in Residence, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, USA
2012 - Artist in Residence, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA
2015 - Public Art Crescent Bus Station, Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
2013 - Sainsburys, Melton Mowbray
2013 - Wirksworth Festival
2012 - Grand Canyon 2012, Atkins Gallery Hinckley, Leics, Nov 2012-Jan 2013
2012 - Grand Canyon Park Headquarters, Arizona, USA
2011 - Paper Scissors Ice 2, Atkins Gallery, Hinckley
Paper Scissors Ice 2, LCB Depot, Leicester
2010 - Paper Scissors Ice, LEBC
Silent, Indifferent, Complacent, Creative Hinckley Gallery,Leicestershire
Leicester City Open, Leicester, (Winner of DMH Prize)
Leicester Open, Leicester, (Winner of DMH Prize)
Photography Open 2, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, Feb-March
The Art of Giving, shortlisted, Saatchi Gallery, London,
Extract, La Viande Gallery, Hoxton, London, March 2007
One Step Beyond, Derby City Gallery, Derby, March 2006
Photographers Gallery, Leicester, Jan 2006