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Lorraine Wake

"My work is a dialogue between the intimate objects I paint and the space they occupy... informing the other."

" Through the window I peered like a night time robber at
  a room full of absent visitors " .

I think that is where a painting often starts, it could be a memory or an everyday object that ignites my imagination which develops into a kind of stage set where chairs, tables with flowers, cabinets, act as prompts for an event to take place or as a reminder of the past.

I build the paint up in layers, mainly using a pallet knife mixing colour intuitively until
a tonal relationship of colour finds its way... very often supported by Jazz or classical

The act of painting for me is one of play and contemplation, random thoughts and
actions develop into a language of paint that hopefully finds a resting place in which it can describe a visual stage, a place to indulge unspoken thoughts. A reverie.

After I graduated in 2001 I was awarded a 3 month residency in North Africa. I went on to live there for a year and that experience, along with photographs and drawings on my return, fed my work for 5 more years.
I'm never sure of what the outcome will be, I just paint on until a felt destination arrives, always hoping that the painting triggers a sensual response....

I have exhibited widely and my work has been bought by collectors around the world


2002   Elmhurst Grant Fellowship

Three months Art Residency in North Africa


2002   Teaching post at the American School of Marrakech (part-time)

2001   Post-Graduate Certificate of Education (1 year)

1996-2001     Falmouth College of Art BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree

1995   Kent Institute of Art & Design

1994   West Kent College

Solo Exhibitions

2016   Conquest House Gallery, Canterbury, Kent

2013   Caxton Contemporary

2012   McAllister Thomas Fine Art, Godalming Surrey

2011   Caxton Contemporary

2009   Jenny Granger Gallery, Whitstable, Kent


2019   Linden Hall Studio. Winter Show, Deal

2018   Linden Hall Studio. Winter Show, Deal

2018  Caxton Contemporary, Whitstable

2018  Commissions for Westbourne Homes

2018  The Cube Gallery, London

2017   Reading Contemporary Art Fair, Junction Gallery, Oxford

2016   Conquest House Gallery, Canterbury, Kent

2016   Caxton Contemporary, Whitstable, Kent

2015   The Junction Gallery. Oxford

Foss Fine Art. London

2014   Josie Eastwood Fine Art. Winchester

Cube gallery Affordable Art Fair. Battersea, London

Foss Fine Art. Aldeburgh, Sussex

2013   Foss Fine Art Christmas Show

The Cube Gallery London & Bristol, Affordable Art Fair Battersea

Chelsea Art Fair London, McAllister Thomas Fine Art

Foss Fine Art

Quidditty Fine Art, Hampshire

2012   McAllister Thomas Fine Art, Godalming, Surrey

2011   Josie Eastwood Fine Art, Winchester

2010   Caxton Contemporary, Whitstable, Kent

2008   Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London – Jenny Granger Gallery

2007   Josie Eastwood Fine Art, Winchester

Cadogan Contemporary, London

2006   Josie Eastwood Fine Art, Winchester

2005   The Blue Monkey, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall

2004   The Blue Monkey, Padstow, Cornwall

Open Studio (South-West) 2004

2003   Cornerstone Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall

Emerging Young Artists 2003: Birmingham

The Blue Monkey, Padstow, Cornwall

2002   ArtActs: Edging Difference. St Morran Church, Lamorran, Truro

Five Women Artists: Marrakech, Morocco

2001   Open Studios (South West) 2001

Cornerstone Gallery, St.Ives, Cornwall

2000   Open Studios (South West) 2000

Market Street Mews Gallery, Penryn, Cornwall

Group Exhibition: 'First Collective'

1999   International Group Exhibition: 'The Door into Eleven Worlds'

The Yard Gallery, Falmouth, Cornwall

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