Ten Devon artists to snap up now
Want to bag a local masterpiece to brighten a bare wall? With two weeks of artist open studios around the county from 11 - 26 September, now's your chance.
Love art but can’t quite stretch to a Hockney this autumn? Try Devon Open Studios for something a bit more on budget and less risk of needing to sell a vital organ, your children and the roof over your head.
For two weeks this September, from Monday 11 – Sunday 26 September, 323 artists in 183 venues around Devon will be flinging open their studios for you to have a mooch, chat to the makers and, hopefully find something awesome for your home.
Where to head first? Here are ten artists to get on your hit list.
Liese Webley, Heavitree, Exeter
We’ve been looking for an excuse to big-up Exeter artist Liese and now’s our chance! We love her joyful sweeps and colour pops, inspired by memories and places that her special to her, including many in Devon and Cornwall.
Jane Perkins and Yanec van Veen, Powderham Castle (£5 parking)
A clever re-imagining of the animals found in and around Kenton’s 14th century castle, Fabulous Beasts features fascinating taxidermy chimera from Yanec van Veen, and Jane Perkins’ always-astonishing renderings, created from thousands of tiny found pieces, including plastic toys, golf tees, and is that a Tesco’s Clubcard, we spy? Hours of fun.
Rachel Stanton, Prospect House, Westleigh, Bideford
Can’t get enough of the coast? Instow artist, Rachel Stanton, is hot property right now for her mixed media seascapes inspired by her local beaches and cliffs of Instow, Hartland and Clovelly. If you’re in North Devon for the Appledore Book Festival why not hop on the ferry to visit.
Closer to Fine, The Angel Gallery, South Street, Totnes
Four artists, including emerging artist and bursary award winner, Dinah Gibbons – a former midwife, and body positivist founder of Bodykind Festival. She takes found pieces of clothing – you know, like when you see a random lost sock on the street and wonder how it got there – and embroiders it with thought-provoking words and phrases inspired by how she’s feeling.
Mark Bell, The Lucky 7 Club, Paignton
Mark displays his artwork on the walls and furniture of a secret speakeasy, The Lucky 7 Club, where the eclectic musicians, dancers and clientele inspire his paintings. By appointment only, book via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deborah Last, Northdown Road, Bideford
One for nature lovers, Debs, is an en plein air, who captures the light and landscapes of her local coast and moors in North Devon. She was long listed for the prestigious Jackson’s Painting Prize in 2021 and also hosts classes and art holidays from her beautiful Victorian home so now’s a good time for a recce if you fancy it.
Alice Bulmer, Mill Street Gallery, Bideford
If you’re digging the trend for botanicals, you will love Alice Bulmer’s watercolour collages and tropical themes. Pop one of her sassy wall hangings or tiles on your wall, then pour yourself a Pina Colada, sit back and pretend it’s Havana.
Amelia Webster, Fore Street, Chudleigh
Lockdowns inspired Chudleigh portrait painter Amelia Webster to turn her artist’s eye towards celebrating the people she saw her local high street. Contemporary and realistic, her paintings have seen her awarded an Emerging Artist Bursary by Devon Open Studios, and if you fancy seeing yourself – or someone you know – captured on canvas go check her out – she takes commissions.
Viv Styles, Churchfields Drive, Bovey Tracey
This looks like a hoot! See print making in action with artist Viv who creates original linocut prints and books by hand on that excellent contraption behind her. Pop into Bovey Paradiso, the town’s new art space and cafe on Fore Street while you’re there for Granite Elements, to see four other artists, who like Viv, are also inspired by Dartmoor.
Want to get hands on?
From paper making, to wood carving, still life drawing (no sniggering at the back, please) and felting, there are loads of opportunities to bring out your creative side at various studios around the county. See if anything inspires here: Workshops & Events.
Check out the rest of our amazing local talent at Devon Open Studios, 11 – 26 September