Sue Prince - Narrative Folk Artist and Map Maker
Telling Stories of people and their places
Contemporary British folk artist creating narrative paintings in traditional egg tempera (inspired by Swedish folk art)- it's like folk music only paint! On an organic farm in the Peak District National Park UK.
Sue tells stories, responding to current events, celebrating rural life and commenting on our society. She makes her own egg tempera paint, a technique learned in Sweden where she has helped revive this form in its native place. For her, living on her family's organic farm, this art form is as natural and organic as she can get. She see the world around her and following in ancient footsteps she interprets what she sees in the way it's been done for centuries.
Sue Prince Artist Next Event:
Dame Catherine Arts 23rd Summer Painting Exhibition
Dame Catherine Harpur's School, Rose Lane, Ticknall, Derby DE737JW
I will be exhibiting at this very popular event at Ticknall over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Its the biggest independent exhibition outside London! Click here for details and times Dame Catherine Arts
Sue's painting in progress for the ART OUT LOUD festival at Chatsworth.
23rd to 24th September 2016 in the gardens at Chatsworth as part of their fantastic arts festival. Thought provoking, eye-catching new work on three themes.
17th February to 1st April 2017
Sue Prince Solo Exhibition at the Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek
You just missed:
The Peak District Artisans Great Dome Art Fair
At the Devonshire Dome, The University of Derby, The Royal Devonshire Campus,
1 Devonshire Road, Buxton SK17 6RY
It has been so lovely to see customers and visitors at the various events I have attended- thank you for your friendly faces!
Modern Myths and Legends
I want to tell stories in the way they have always been told, particularly now in our digital age. Who celebrates our modern stories so we ordinary people can feel part of them, and take part in them?
Swedish Style Egg Tempera painting
Recording daily lives and paying respect to how people live in their places, whether rural or urban is what fascinates me. I use egg tempera paints, in a Swedish Folk Art tradition of Bonad painting. Doing this with ancient and organic materials; egg yolk and earth pigments gives my work integrity but is also a process that I am obsessed with.
Reviving the old Swedish skill of Bonad Painting
One bonad, several 'bonader': decorative wall hangings in Swedish. I produce Swedish style folk art with homemade egg tempera on linens or canvas. This style of painting died out in the 1800s and I am instrumental in its revival in Sweden, where I teach classes every summer.
Grinding Pigments and Gesso
I can't begin to tell you the gorgeous feel of the silky egg tempera paint as it glides on to the gesso surface (I can show you if you come on a course, though). It is a beautiful sensation to grind the pigments- each one has a different consistency and character, Titanium white is creamy and robust, yellow ochre is a little grittier and raw and burnt umber are smooth like chocolate sauce. It just feels like a huge privilege to have discovered this technique and be allowed to practice!
Hand drawn maps and the stories that appear in them delight me- it's like an innocent snap shot in time. I am lucky enough to have the ability to create accurate, although not really to scale, bird's eye view maps. I have mapped towns, villages, locations and even businesses like quarries or factories.
Organic Art from an Organic Farm in a National Park
I am a rural artist, working at Beechenhill Farm, my family's organic dairy farm, in the beautiful Peak District National Park in the centre of rural England. I belong to Peak District Artisans who celebrate individual creativity and collective excellence.
I believe in:
- Integrity - using skill and pure materials, true to the tradition
- Honesty - listening hard and telling the stories I'm told
- Respect - acknowledging the sources of my inspiration and knowledge
- Quality - the best materials, linens and frames
- Service - the best possible customer experience
- Sustainability - reducing my impact on the environment