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Sue Prince
Beechenhill Farm, Ilam,
Ashbourne, Derbyshire
Tel: +44 (0)1335 310274

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A Careful Balance
27 x 35cm egg tempera on acrylic gesso on linen 2014. The careful balance of power between sheep and sheep dog. We have annual Sheep Dog Trials in August in Ilam, demonstrating the amazing link between man and dog, always a spectacle what ever the weather....More >>

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Sue Prince - Narrative Folk Artist and Map Maker

Telling Stories of people and their places

Contemporary British folk artist creating narrative paintings in Swedish style egg tempera- it's like folk music only paint! On an organic farm in the Peak District National Park UK.
We perch on our planet, precariously tilting on the curve of the earth.  We dig our roots into the soil, our foundations into the rock.  For generations we live in our landscapes, building, farming and creating our places.  I am fascinated by our presence in the landscape. 
Next Event:
I have work on display at Wirksworth Festival 6th and 7th September, visit Wirksworth Heritage Centre Cafe and Gallery
The Buxton Spa Prize
I have an entry in the Buxton Spa Prize.  Winners will be announced early September 2014 having been judged by a panel of experts from the town and art world. The exhibition and sale of works runs from 12th September – 12th October 2014 at the new home of The Green Man Gallery:
Hardwick Hall, Hardwick Square South, Buxton, SK17 6PY.
After that I'm going to have a stand at the Clumber Park Festival of Food and Drink  
on 20th and 21st September, with some lovely tiles, prints and Christmas cards (never too early!).
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!
Birds-eye-view Maps
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.
My Values
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

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