Meet The Others: Bridget Davies
The Game Changers. The Rule Breakers. The Innovators. Discover some of the fantastic emerging talent showcasing their work at The Other Art Fair.
Artist Bridget Davies has created a large and impressive portfolio of romantic fashion drawings. A seasoned exhibitor at The Other Art Fair, we’re looking forward to see what Bridget has in store for the next 2017 Spring Edition.
How would you describe your artwork?
Playful, flirty, instinctive, dark at times, light at times!
Although fashion based I am not really inspired by fashion per se, as more by the feel of the fashion from the past; the Forties and Fifties in particular have a classic, ageless beauty expressed by fashions of the time. I am influenced enormously by the elegant and beautiful fashion drawings by illustrators of this period, as well as contemporary fashion artists and illustrators working today. I love the playful, flirty and romantic story telling in the work of illustrators such as Rene Gruau and Andre-Edouard Marty to name but two. I am also currently playing with the idea that a piece of work can, at first, look like a successful abstract and then slowly it becomes clear that it is a fashion painting.
What does making art mean to you?
It’s an integral part of who I am, and to be able to create is an accumulation of lots of wonderful things. It can also be quite an emotional exploration as I do inject how I am feeling and what I am thinking quite subtly, and sometimes surreptitiously, into my paintings.
I also like working by myself for myself. I have a very varied routine, so I am never bored. I either have art fairs to prepare for or illustrations and commissions to produce. I also work with interior designers. Also working for myself mean I am able to go off for a run or take part in a yoga class when I fancy.
How did you get started making art?
I do believe it began when I was a child, and I liked to make paper dolls, all with an array of outfits to fit any occasion. It was taken more seriously when I was taking my fashion degree, and we had a visiting lecturer who worked as a fashion illustrator. I’ve always loved drawing the human figure/life drawing, both of males and females, but this was different. I developed a strong fascination for fashion illustration and drawing (I collect books on this subject). I’m not sure why… maybe it is a prolific blend of the different elements that come together, to produce a successful painting; competent observational skills and draftsmanship, good graphic awareness, and the playful, flirtatious narrative.
What is it like to be a part of The Other Art Fair?
Always very exciting as it is such an atmospheric fair. It has a fantastic buzz and energy and I’m very happy and proud to be part of it!
What is your favourite piece for sale on your SA profile and why?
Hmmm…. I think it would have to be Showgirl – Undressed as its execution was so free and spontaneous. It’s on unstretched cartridge paper which is rare for me. I either use a thick watercolour paper or stretch the thinner watercolour papers. I always get slightly nervous when faced with an expensive, prepared sheet of paper and I think this piece shows that I had no apprehensions at all.