Derbyshire, United Kingdom, November 05, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Acclaimed as one of Europe’s foremost wildlife artists, Pollyanna Pickering is used to facing danger when painting her subjects – she has even been charged by a wild tiger be sketching in India. However her latest work has been inspired by a very different challenge.
Pollyanna Pickering is proud to open her private gallery at Brookvale House, Oaker, Matlock (AA signposted) from 22nd November – 7th December (10am – 6pm) to present a major new exhibition of original work which will include the first opportunity to see work completed for her 2008 BBC documentary Made in England, along with the sketches she completed live on camera.
The thirty minute programme, broadcast earlier this year was part of a series of six each of which focused on a British artist working in a different field – from Wildlife Art through to poetry and sculpture.
The documentary makers challenged Pollyanna - who was described by Jenni Murray during a recent interview on Radio 4 as “one of the best wildlife artists in the world” - to 'work outside her comfort zone' and instead of painting the birds and animals she loves to turn her attention to the 'human zoo' and paint people instead. The cameras followed Pollyanna, as she left the countryside and travelled into city centres with her sketchpad and paints. 'I found the experience quite nerve-wracking" Pollyanna commented "as I have barely painted any people since life classes at Art College more than 30 years ago! However I can never resist a challenge.” Initially the film crew visited Pollyanna's gallery and studio to film her at work in her natural environment of the Peak District of Derbyshire, and to interview her about her love of wildlife art. She sketched Angel the barn owl live as the cameras rolled.
During the filming Pollyanna attended her first ever rugby match to sketch the Leicester Tigers in action and spent a day people-watching in the city’s busy market place and high street. Pollyanna then returned to Derby University – who recently recognised her work with an honorary degree – to visit the fashion design department, and talk to the students about their work, especially in the field of sustainable fashion.
Pollyanna commented “The BBC said they wanted to ‘put me outside my comfort zone’ and they certainly achieved that! But it has been a fascinating journey, and has challenged my perceptions of both 21st century England and my own artwork. However ultimately it confirmed for me how much I love working with wildlife and the natural world.”
Also on exhibition will be over 40 new original paintings of British Wildlife, and the latest additions to Pollyanna’s ranges of fine art and limited edition prints, books, and a wide variety of gift ware featuring her work from collector’s plates to signed sets of postage stamps and first day covers. There will be over 150 Christmas card designs to choose from including the latest commissioned by Charities’ including Guide Dogs for the Blind, Cats Protection League, The Wildilfe Trusts and Blue Cross. Five new fine art calendars featuring her work will be available for 2009, along with a new range of eco-friendly wrapping paper, and even Christmas crackers featuring her designs!
About Pollyanna Pickering: Pollyanna is acclaimed as one of Europe's foremost wildlife artists. The most published artist in the UK, her work sells in over eighty countries world-wide. She is patron of The Wildlife Art Society International, and Derby University recently awarded her an honorary degree in recognition of her outstanding achievements in the arts. A familiar face on TV, the most recent documentary about her work ‘Made in England’ was broadcast on BBC1 earlier this year.
Her paintings will be familiar to most people from her extensive ranges of prints and cards, many commissioned by charities including the WWF, Guide Dogs for the Blind and the RSPB. Pollyanna designs exclusively for Harrods, and has painted postage stamps for African countries and First Day Covers for the Royal Mail.
Pollyanna, who studied at the London Central School of Art, has received many awards for her paintings including a fellowship from the Canada based Artists for Conservation Foundation, the Millennium Trophy and two gold medals bestowed by The Wildlife Art Society International. She has received a commendation for her work in the Arts at the European Women of Achievement Awards.
Pollyanna's talks raise funds for her charitable Foundation which supports international conservation and wildlife rescue. Pollyanna also acts as patron of several national charities including The Badger Trust, Naturewatch, Raptor Rescue and the African/ Asian Conservation Trust.