Acrylic by  Becky Nuttall.

Golden Years Alison (The Owl Service) Wearing a David Bowie Jacket

  • Becky comes from an artistic and literary background based in Brixham Devon. She studied art in the early seventies but got diverted by literature and, latterly, the social development of adolescents.


    The research undertaken as part of her MA reconnected her to her own adolescence and it’s influences.


    She is a published poet and performs her poetry locally. She has held an exhibition ‘How Poetry Made A Human’ at Torquay Library featuring the work, past and present, of six local poets.


    She was highly commended in the Torbay Poetry Festival Competition 2017.


    Her work “Bedroom shrine to the virgin of the rocks” was shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017.


    Current themes:

    Art of the School: Religious influence and on an emerging young artist in the Seventies


    Family Tree: Referencing the objects, places and influences in Becky’s past.


    Becky paints mainly in acrylic but uses mixed media including materials she used as a child and student to enhance the reference to emerging child artists. Parts of her original childhood and student works are collaged into paintings and some have a deliberate naive quality for this purpose. Works with a reference to religious iconography replicate the paintings in her convent school.


    Becky includes works by her father and children to show the artistic tradition that runs through her family. Her father, Peter Draper, owned Milton Head Pottery Brixham from 1950-59 and became a successful playwright. He was a founder member of The Devon Guild of Craftsmen. The pottery site is featured on the Brixham heritage trail app. Torbay Libraries held two Milton Head Pottery exhibitions in 2016. Becky participates in Devon Open Studios


    “Visiting Artists” is Becky’s blog on her website; recalling the influence of her artist father, his friends, convent education and art school education on her life.