Who - Debra Wenlock
What - artist, designer, day dreamer (not necessarily in that order)
Where - here beside the seaside
When - six days a week
Why - this time next year I’ll be famous creatively on fire.
Born in England, as far from the sea as can be, I delight in the beauty of this coastline, the rolling landscape and a visually inspiring local history. As a ‘time traveller in paint’ I like to depict positive aspects of Ulster’s past. Uplifting, happy paintings which hint at heritage - visual storytelling with a strong sense of place and a rose-tinted glimmer of nostalgia… From Titanic’s proud beginnings to the road races of the 1930s and beyond - a rich source of subject matter on our doorstep. I also paint portraits of colourful characters, nudes, animals and birds - sometimes straying into playful fantasy.
With a longstanding interest in design, pattern and colour scheming from my early career as a textile designer - my artwork is a patchwork of themes and media all tied together by the thread of a gently saturated colour palette. I’m right at home here in the Purple Pod, with my artwork plainly displaying an indulgence in variations of violet.
Some of my paintings reside in the collections of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, National Museums Northern Ireland and in the Office of Public Works Collection in Dublin. I was recently invited to exhibit my motoring artwork by the Royal Automobile Club at Pall Mall as part of London Motoring Week.
BA (Hons) Printed Textile Design - Loughborough College of Art & Design (Loughborough University School of the Arts)
Personal quote -
“Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!”
My art is deep/meaningful/important/colourful/uplifting/fun