Dawn to Dusk - a solo exhibition by Lucy Marks at Petworth House and Park

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Dawn to Dusk - a solo exhibition by Lucy Marks at Petworth House and Park

Award-winning painter Lucy Marks unveils her solo exhibition at Petworth House and Park from 3 July to 19 September 2021

The Rotunda Under Blueskies

As audiences were impatiently waiting for museums to reopen their doors, Sussex-based artist Lucy Marks was painting away ahead of an ambitious solo show opening at Petworth House and Park this summer.

Starting on 3 July 2021, Lucy will unveil a brand-new body of work – 50 paintings in oil and watercolour – inspired by the iconic National Trust site.

Nestled in the South Downs, Petworth House is best-known for its landscaped park and its fine art collection, including works by Constable and Turner – two masters Lucy draws inspiration from.

'The title of the exhibition, Dawn to Dusk, is a nod to Turner, who regularly visited and painted Petworth', Lucy explains. 'His work featured sunsets and sunrises in both watercolour and oil. As a landscape painter I, too, wanted to capture the cycle of a day at Petworth. From its dreamy sunrises to its gentle and dramatic sunsets.'

Lucy Marks is an award-winning landscape painter whose dynamic compositions communicate the changing energy and movement within the landscape and capture the energies of the land, sea and sky. She starts by working outside, en plein air, drawing sketches in watercolour and oil from the landscape, then creates the final piece in her studio, removing any superfluous indication of representation or figuration.

More a free interpretation than a hyper-realistic depiction, Lucy’s work will allow viewers to project their own interpretation of Petworth Park, and invite them to view the 17th-century site in a new light. 'Walking round the show is a bit like exploring the park and gardens' according to the artist. 'There are leafy quiet spots through to majestic sweeps of wildness; some tight and busy areas, and some more relaxed open areas.'

Lucy Marks’ solo exhibition, Dawn to Dusk, opens in the Servants’ Quarters Gallery, Petworth House and Park, from 3 July to 19 September 2021.

Key Dates:
• Exhibition Opens: 3 July
• Meet the Artist: 25 July, 13 August, 4 September
• Artist’s Demonstrations: 11 July, 22 July, 11 August, 28 August
• Exhibition Closes: 19 September

Above right is The Rotunda Under Blue Skies, oil on wood panel, (20x20cm).

The works will also be available to view and purchase on Lucys’ website.

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