Winter Walk, Highgate Ponds limited edition silkscreen with collage and pastel by Lucy Farley.
Following her exhibition and printmaking demonstration at Phillips earlier this year, Lucy Farley has produced this charming edition of 50 limited edition silkscreen prints.
A personal piece for Lucy, this edition embodies her love for a particular person and landscape, whilst celebrating a relationship she has had with Hampstead Heath ever since she first started walking there while studying at the at the Royal College of Art.
"I used to cycle up the steep hills to draw the Heath during the changing seasons and track the homes and footsteps of my artist heroes who have lived there, such as the painter Keith Vaughan, Henry Moore and the Nicholsons.
The image is inspired by winter bathing in the Highgate Ponds, a tradition I have kept up since I first visited the Ladies Pond and began to swim all year round, and a tradition I now share with my boyfriend who is pictured here, making his way to the Men's pond with his dog.
One of the core themes in my work is the documentation of history and passing of time told through a specific landscape, using and manipulating traces of imagery left behind, both physical and metaphysical.
There is a certain resonance and spirit I associate with Hampstead knowing that Keith Vaughan drew and painted the Heath whilst living in Downshire Hill. Having read his journals, I can now embody this place and time more than ever.
His writing (particularly in the earlier postwar years up to 1965) reveals his exquisite descriptions of both stranger and of landscape, demonstrating his own view of himself as one of life's spectators rather than participants.
This drawing captures a quiet, fleeting moment in a familiar landscape, but also commemorates Vaughan's solitary and thoughtful fascination with watching and painting the figure in nature amidst all the elements."
- Lucy Farley