Opening the door on Lewes couple’s artistic world for Artwave Festival

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LEWES couple Dawn and David Stacey are again opening their home to visitors during the Artwave Festival, providing the opportunity for visitors to engage with the artist and photographer about their work.

The Open House has a welcoming atmosphere that encourages a more intimate dialogue with the artists about their inspiration and profession.

Dawn had a sell-out show earlier in the year at the county town’s Hop Gallery with her paintings based on the Lewes Railway Land and the River Ouse to Hamsey.

She has continued to develop new work based on the same subject incorporating the changing mood and seasons of the landscape that she has immersed herself in; perhaps portraying a glimpse of morning light or a golden summer’s day.

Dawn’s paintings are layers of texture and collage that reveal a multitude of images that often have the feel of tapestry. She studied Textiles at Derbyshire Art College and went on to gain an MA at Brighton University in Illustration and has since painted from her studio. She exhibits widely throughout the UK and was recently selected to have her paintings reproduced for John Lewis.

David continues to explore his surroundings using ‘Through the Viewfinder’ (TtV) photographs. This technique gives an unusual and sometimes aged appearance to the photographs it produces.

David said: “TtV takes the medium of photography and uses it to question reality, it takes the ordinary and distorts it into the uncanny.”

This year David’s TtV photographs have been featured in Black and White Photography magazine and the Journal of the Royal Photographic Society. It was also the subject of a well-received exhibition at the Hop Gallery, Lewes. The house is open each weekend until September 9 at 14, Toronto Terrace, Lewes (11am-5pm). Visit www.dawnstacey.co.uk