FIONA STANBURY
Tunbridge Wells, Kent - United Kingdom



Original Artworks (8)

Fiona Stanbury; Nicosia Night With Moon, 2007, Original Painting Oil, 91 x 76 cm. Artwork description: 241  Again, I used a watercolour as inspiration for this painting. I was in the Shacola Tower, on the 6th floor, over- looking Ledra Street and the old part of the city. My interest were the way the buildings were lit up at night, and the colours. Night ...
Fiona Stanbury
Original Oil Painting, 2007
91 x 76 cm (35.8 x 29.9 inches)
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Fiona Stanbury; Nicosia Night, 2008, Original Painting Oil, 92 x 61 cm. Artwork description: 241  This was made from watercolours I painted from the 6th floor of the Shacola Tower, overlooking the modern part of the city at night.  I wanted to suggest the endless sound of traffic, the flashing neon signs, and the ambiguity of space, when shapes slide into one ...
Fiona Stanbury
Original Oil Painting, 2008
92 x 61 cm (36.2 x 24.0 inches)
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Fiona Stanbury; Kent Journey, 2008, Original Painting Oil, 67 x 46 cm. Artwork description: 241  I drew from the car and re- created the memory of the landscape from marks and colours.  ...
Fiona Stanbury
Original Oil Painting, 2008
67 x 46 cm (26.4 x 18.1 inches)
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Fiona Stanbury; Dream Landscape, 2009, Original Painting Oil, 50.8 x 40.6 cm. Artwork description: 241  This was painted purely from marks of paint, and letting the colour conjure an image of a landscape from a dream. ...
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Original Oil Painting, 2009
50.8 x 40.6 cm (20.0 x 16.0 inches)
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Fiona Stanbury; Women And Arches In The T..., 2008, Original Painting Oil, 86 x 72 cm. Artwork description: 241  In this painting, which was worked on over 4 years, I wanted to integrate the figures with the architecture of the Baths, with its flickering lights and shadows, and the arched doorways into other chambers. ...
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Original Oil Painting, 2008
86 x 72 cm (33.9 x 28.3 inches)
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Fiona Stanbury; Women In The Turkish Baths, 2008, Original Painting Oil, 61 x 45 cm. Artwork description: 241  I painted this from watercolours made in the heated chambers of the Turkish Baths. It was not always easy, as water kept dripping onto my paper, but over the course of many years, I gathered a large number of watercolours of different poses, and many drawings. ...
Fiona Stanbury
Original Oil Painting, 2008
61 x 45 cm (24.0 x 17.7 inches)
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Fiona Stanbury; Coastal Landscape, 2007, Original Painting Oil, 112 x 56 cm. Artwork description: 241  This was painted from the memory of a lovely drive along the coast in Cyprus on a very stormy winter's day.  I was spell- bound by the approaching storm, and wanted to use the paint to convey a sense of the physicality and grittiness of nature' ...
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Original Oil Painting, 2007
112 x 56 cm (44.1 x 22.0 inches)
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Fiona Stanbury; Waiting, 2009, Original Painting Oil, 40 x 30 cm. Artwork description: 241  This was inspired by a group of teapots sitting on a trolley at a cafe I visit most Saturdays.  As I like painting groupings, especially of figures and nudes, this image suddenly became a metaphor for groups of people waiting for something to happen. ...
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Original Oil Painting, 2009
40 x 30 cm (15.7 x 11.8 inches)
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Artist Statement

I have spent my entire life moving, from country to country, (Africa, Cyprus, Malta), and within the UK.

My work is primarily concerned with colours and how they relate across the oicture surface, how they create mood and an imaginary world. My themes always have their roots in something I've seen, or dreamed about, and anything that strikes an emotinal chord. Visual experiences often suggest potential 'colour notes' in my mind, which I can follow in any direction the emerging painting might require. My work falls into 3 main categories:

1. LANDSCAPES.
I paint watercolours in situ to explore the landscape's elements, searching for the essential components that, for me, recreate a sense of place and underlying forces. Sometimes I work directly from the memory of a journey, or a quick drawing, or purely from random marks and colours.

2. WOMEN IN THE TURKISH BATHS.
When I lived in Nicosia I went regularly to the old Turkish Baths and drew and painted women in the changing room and in the heated chambers, using snippets of conversation to inform the gestures and poses of the figures in my paintings. The Baths convey a constant state of flux, from the daily relationships of the women, and the way light shimmers on the bodies, to the flickering bands of steam, and my own emotional state as I face the women. My use of shapes expresses these interests, while the bands of coloured steam embody the flow of life. The arches can be seen as doorways into other physical or mental places.

3. CITYSCAPES.
Initially when I moved to Nicosia, I was enthralled with the city, and painted from many different rooftops. Over 14 years, the paintings changed direction and evolved into colour constructions, allowing me to explore patterns and shapes. Though the work still shifts in emphasis, and I go back to paint the city in situ, my main concerns are still colour and the spirit of the place....

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