Acrylic by Becky Nuttall
Pot Family Tree (Prometheus I)
Becky comes from an artistic and literary background. 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 its influences.
She is a published poet and performs her poetry locally. 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.
Currently Becky's art work has three themes:
? Art of the School: Religious influence on an emerging female artist in the Seventies
? Before We Became Women We Were Girls; childhood, adolescence and feminism
? 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. I
n her work 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 Brixfest heritage trail app. Becky curated two Milton Head Pottery exhibitions with Torbay Libraries in 2016.
She has curated exhibitions with Artizan Gallery Torquay. Her curated exhibition 'Our Place in the Seven Heavens', an exhibition of art and poetry, moved to Torbay Hospital HeArT Gallery. She is a Geopark Ambassador Artist "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
Milton Head Pottery Brixham 1950 -1959 - My family represented as pots created in my father's pottery and decorated by him.