Local Artist Lucy Pittaway named ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year 2016’
Saturday - August 6, 2016
North East based Artist Lucy Pittaway has been named the ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year 2016’ by the Fine Art Trade Guild alongside the ‘Best in Show Award’ at the recent Fine Art Trade Guild Awards in Stratford upon Avon.
Lucy’s headline picture submission into this year’s competition was her painting inspired by her late father, Willie Maddren, titled ‘Father and Daughter’, with the proceeds from the original painting donated to raise much needed funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, the disease also known as ‘ALS’, of the Ice Bucket Challenge fame of last summer.
The awards follow swiftly on the tail of Lucy being named the Official Artist of The Tour de Yorkshire 2016 with her colourful picture, entitled Hills, Dales and Woolly Tails, the Official picture of this year’s successful event, forming one of a new collection of 8 cycling themed paintings depicting the striking backdrop that the latest instalment of the ‘Tour’ provided.
The Fine Art Trade Guild Award caps a phenomenal year for Lucy as an Artist and local entrepreneur of the North East region. Following a number of successful exhibitions across the North Yorkshire region, Lucy opened her first stand alone Gallery outside Richmond, North Yorkshire, in November 2015, launched a collection of 36 greetings and Christmas cards which are now sold in card shops, department stores and garden centres across the country and overseas, alongside a retail range of merchandise products including Lucy Pittaway art calendars, family planners and notebooks all designed to bring bright, fun and different products to the stationery market.
Lucy has seen her artwork shipped around the World with a growing audience of Facebook followers in over 30 countries, all avid followers of a local North East lady simply following her love of art and trying her hand in a professional career as an artist. What started out as a hobby-turned-part-time vocation just over a couple of years ago, has blossomed into a burgeoning career and reputation in the national art world in a very short space of time.
Lucy’s art work is available as original works of art, limited edition prints, and open edition art work, with Lucy also open to commissioning individual pieces for collectors and art enthusiasts, although the waiting list now stands at sometime in early 2017 if you want your very own Lucy Pittaway piece.
Lucy said of her Fine Art Trade Guild Award;
“I was incredibly proud to even be on the shortlist, and unbelievably honoured to be named as the Up and Coming Artist of the Year. So many people supported me by voting for me on the Fine Art Trade Guild’s website and I could not have achieved the accolade without them taking the time out to do this. My thanks go to all those people for supporting me and for their wonderful words of encouragement. My paintings are designed to make people smile, regardless of the happy or sometimes sad inspiration, and hopefully I can continue to create paintings that people enjoy”.
Louise Hay, Managing Director of the Fine Art Trade Guild, said:
‘I wasn’t really surprised when Lucy’s painting was chosen by our website visitors and Guild member art retailers for this award. Since meeting her in 2014, her work has come on leaps and bounds, complemented by her professional presentation. To become a full time artist and open your own gallery in under a year is an amazing achievement; to take two Guild awards in one night is even more so. I look forward to working with Lucy for a long time yet.’
Lucy’s Gallery is based at Unit 7 & 8, Station Road, Brompton-on-Swale, DL10 7SN. Parking is available, including disabled access, or to see Lucy’s full collection visit www.lucypittaway.co.uk or facebook/lucypittawayart
Photo: Lucy receiving the Up and Coming Artist Award from sponsor Daler-Rowney’s Gerald Hedges and Father & Daughter by Lucy