Our Featured Artist of this week is Becky Gouverneur, born 1978, from Buckinghamshire in the United Kingdom. Becky was born and raised in rural Buckinghamshire which serves her as a constant source of inspiration for her work.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Becky: ‘I started drawing seriously in my current style 3.5yrs ago. I have always been attracted to dry media, particularly pencil so my current work is a progression from there combined with a background in photography.
I went on to study both photography and textile design at university followed by an 8 year career as a freelance photographer specialising in portraiture and fashion. A few years ago my life was turned up side down because of a personal tragedy. This put my life into perspective and I realised that unless I took the risk and followed my dream, I’d never know if I could achieve what I wanted in life.
I started up ‘Bex Arts’, a commercial enterprise in January 2016 after a commission drawing ‘took off’ on social media. My style has developed since as I have refined my specialist charcoal techniques. This is also what truly sets me apart from other talented animal artists.
Alongside my drawing I also have a few regular private students. I am a member of the SAA, Visual Images Group and BAFA (Buckingham Art For All) with whom I exhibits regularly.
What inspires you to paint?
Becky: ‘Quirky images, puns, animals with amusing expressions, plays on words, amazing photos.’
What subjects do you like to paint and why?
Becky: ‘I mainly draw animals. The majority of my work is commission based and people tend to want me to draw their animals. However, when working on exhibition pieces I explore other ideas. For example, last year I did a series on brightly coloured bugs (iridescent beetles, butterflies etc) but I drew them in charcoal so they were monochrome meaning the viewer sees them in a different way and is more focused on the details and not distracted by colour. The drawings were also drawn on a huge scale meaning the details were even more prominent.’
Did you go to an art college or are you self-taught?
Becky: ‘I studied textile and fashion design but not fine art. My current practice was self-taught, but I do have an “artistic” eye.’
Do you have a career in art or is it a hobby?
Becky: ‘It has been my sole career since quitting full time teaching in march 2015. It began part time but has grown since and I now work around thirty hours per week and have a three year waiting list.’
If you had to choose four colours, what would they be? Becky: ‘oooh, I rarely use colours in my work but I’d be lost without black and white! Do they count?! If I had to pick two more I’d choose cobalt blue and cerese pink…. Preferably together!’
Have you had your own exhibition?
Becky: ‘I exhibit at a variety of local art exhibitions through the year. Last year I had my first solo exhibition in the grounds of a national trust stately home in Buckinghamshire. This year I’m focusing on working through my commission backlog ready to produce more exhibition work for 2020.’
Have you ever had your work published in a magazine or featured on a
Becky: ‘Not my artwork but my photography work (very different!) has been published in several magazines.’
What is your specialism?
Becky: ‘large scale animal charcoal drawings.’
What medium do you use the most?
Becky: ‘I mostly use charcoal.’
Which artist inspirers you?
Becky: ‘As a realist artist I tend to be as inspired by photographers as much as fine artists as my imagery is highly dependent on the photographs I take. Key photographers & artists: Karl Blossfeld, George Stubbs, Yann Arthus Bertrand, Marcel Witte, Marion Tubiana.’
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