“Never underestimate the importance of the dreamer.” - William Morris.
Lucy Alexandra Howson (LAH) executes her practice in the hope of leaving the viewer with an insight into her eyesight, providing momentary escapism to an onlooker. LAH likes to purge her escapist fantasies into the eyes of others.
With a focus on details that people often miss, LAH creates imagery that is adverse to the mundane and glorifies the abstract energy of the human subconscious.
LAH regards her practice as perceptual rather than conceptual since most of her work derives from what she sees around her. Armed with a digital SLR, she strives to capture the fleeting quintessence of beauty in its many forms.
Through her documentary work, LAH also provides observant and eloquent visual stories, delivering her own brand of social commentary, one often laced with humour and visual narratives.
Her collection entitled ‘Patterns in Nature and Architecture’ depicts the contrast between industrial and natural aesthetics through kaleidoscopic style abstract digital photographs. This series marries the complexity of nature with the contemporary art form of digital editing, creating grandeur through repetition, directly reminiscent of the works of William Morris.
Her effervescent persona is reflected in her “Shades” collection. Encapsulating a moment in the blink of an eye by pressing the shutter, a moment in a life filled with moments as ever changing in personality as the mood of the artist at that particular time. LAH loves capturing the reflections in sunglasses as they offer a character’s own perspective whilst preserving their identity through a shield of anonymity.
LAH’s style and subjects invite you to pause, breathe, and recognise the often-surprising beauty in every aspect of the world around us.
2005. BTEC. Singing & Song writing. MADD, Nottingham.
2007. BTEC Art & Design, Castle College, Nottingham.
2010. Ba (hons) Visual Communication. Leeds College of Art.
2004. Art Prize, Ratcliffe College, Leicestershire.
2011. Woolgather Art Prize. (Shortlisted Artist.) Leeds UK.
2009. Editorial Photographs published for Daisy Green Magazine.
2009. Hearing Tracks on Travels. Article, The Shields Gazette.
2010. Book Cover Illustrations published by Pennant Books, UK.
2011. Success story of the Future Jobs Fund. Article, Arcadia UK.
2007. Amsterdam. Arthur Mee Centre, Castle College, Nottingham.
2008. Suitcase full of Memories. Leeds College of Art.
2009. YOU ARE WORTH MORE THAN SILVER & GOLD. Leeds College of Art.
2010. Graduate Show. Leeds College of Art.
2011. Nighthawk Narnia. Woolgather Art Prize.