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Celia de Serra

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Graig and Rhos Hills







07522 581644
How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

I make semi photo-realistic, detailed landscape drawings and paintings. Over the last 10 years or so I have focused predominantly on drawing which has an immediacy and directness that I love; the marks, tonal variations and capacity to build up depth without any confusion of colour. It’s also an excellent medium to depict the effects of light and mood.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

Being an artist is central to my life and who I am. I feel very privileged to have made a living from my practice over the years. I have met some interesting, creative people along the way, and have been involved in some exciting and collaborative projects. Through my work, and because of it, I am able to explore and respond to the natural world - particularly the incredible beauty of Wales and the Marches. When making my work, mostly in the studio as it is a very time consuming practice, I revisit those places; it’s a challenging and cathartic experience.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

I am a landscape painter and artist who draws.

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

As a keen photographer, an essential part of my work is exploring new places on foot with my camera, and re-visiting favourite locations at different times of the year to experience changes in the weather, mood or light. I am not running workshops at the moment but have taught in the past. From time to time I am also involved in the Arborealists - a group of artists with an environmental bent whose work is loosely based around the tree. We have exhibited throughout the UK since 2013 in mostly public spaces, museums etc. and have produced several publications based on our exhibitions.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

I studied Fine Art as a foundation course at Newcastle University and then completed a combined BA Hons in English Literature and Fine Art at Exeter University in 1995. I have been working as a professional artist ever since and have exhibited throughout the UK in a variety of galleries, art fairs and museums. I have been commissioned to make work privately and for public exhibition, and a selection of my paintings are on permanent display at Yeovil and Dorchester District Hospitals under the Art in Hospitals scheme.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

'Regeneration', Queen's Green Canopy Project, Arborealists' touring exhibition - starts April 2022
Fresh Art Fair, Cheltenham with Artshouse.co.uk - August 2021
'Run Deep', solo exhibition at The Art Stable, Dorset - June 2021
The Affordable Art Fair Online - November 2020
Made in Knucklas art trail - September 2020
Arborealists at The National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire - December 2019
The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea - October 2019
Fresh Art Fair, Ascot - September 2019
The Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead - May 2019
Fresh Art Fair, Cheltenham - April 2019

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