Sue Pickering

Mixed Media Artist



The art of everyday life

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Bristol: reflecting the city we live in - an exhibition at Hamilton House Gallery

By suepickering, Jul 17 2017 02:43PM

This week my work is being shown as part of an exhibition about the city that I live in - Bristol. The exhibition was organized by Marija Staneviciute who is an illustrator with a studio in Hamilton House (the building where I also have my studio). The exhibition concerns the city of Bristol and "how it can be reflected through different views, people, memories, experiences, feelings or other free interpretations".

I decided to make some mixed media pieces on 12" x 12" box canvases - a surface that I have not really worked on before, so these pieces were a bit of an experiment for me. I wanted to reflect my experience of moving around Bristol, which, as anyone has ever visited the city will know, is very hilly. This means that the view is often composed of buildings stacked up behind one another on the different levels of the city, punctuated with an abundance of green spaces and trees. The two pieces, called Bristol Views I & II are shown above, with detail from Bristol Views II shown below.

Bristol is a city of contradictions. It is harshly urban, but lusciously green. It is small, but feels much bigger. It is thriving and prosperous but has areas of luxury and areas of deprivation juxtaposed with one another. These contradictions are expressed in the other work in the exhibition, some of which is shown here.

In the last couple of years Bristol has been regarded as one of the best cities in the UK to live in. Ironically for artists like me, this has brought massive increases in property prices and the threat of gentrification. Even the future of the building in which I work is uncertain.

The exhibition runs from 13th-19th July at Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, BS1 3QY Bristol, UK. For more information visit: