|Retrospective - Lucy Buttenshaw
Lucy Buttenshaw is an Australian painter based in West Wyalong in Central New South Wales, 50km from the lakeside property on which she was raised. Her rural upbringing of isolation, open spaces and creature companions, has played a significant role in forming her perspective of the world. The Lake, openness, trees, birds and animals, and the changing of seasons, are now fused with her experience of the wider world. She says "these are the things that ‘matter’, and are regular sources of inspiration to me".
She has always found her inspiration in the ‘familiar’, the anecdotal moments of people and animals in particular places. Although the narrative implied in much of her work may be actual or invented, it always features imagery and icons plucked directly from her life. She states "I aim for a sense of immediacy in my marks, in an attempt to engage the viewer in the moment".
After a few years in Sydney studying a B.A. (Fine Arts & English), Dip. Ed. (Art) and teaching at various schools, Lucy returned to the West Wyalong district. Settled in her familiar rural world, Lucy’s work immediately began to reflect the landscape and creatures of her childhood farm life blended with her adult life in town. She travels widely and her work is represented in many private and public collections.
In addition to her studio practice, Lucy is often involved in community art projects, gives painting workshops and is a National Art School, Sydney, tutor for the ART-LAB and HSC Extension Courses.
Bringing in the clothes, 2011, oil on canvas, 60x50cm Ref: LB105, can be viewed at Artamon Galleries, Sydney