After receiving an incredible number of entries into our Emerging Artist Competition and after much deliberation we finally have our winner. Let us introduce you to Radisson RED’s Emerging Artist Contest Winner Lucy Truelove.
Around aged 4, my dad was very impressed with a portrait of a lady on a magazines that I’d drawn, I had no comprehension of course but his reaction made me want to do it again and again, I reached a point where I could draw anyone, for me the enjoyment was my parents pride more than anything. I come from a cockney working class family in the east end of London, I wasn’t surrounded by any culture, east London wasn’t trendy like it is today when I was growing up, I didn’t see the insides of a gallery until I was 18, what I knew about art was zero. I left school and studied graphic design for 3 years, after college I got a position in old street as a junior artworker, I worked there for 3 years and I knew that graphic design wasn’t for me, I wanted to explore the arts so I went to university and got a BA in fine art at the University of East London, it was a whole new world to me, that’s when I started to realise that I’ve always been an artist I just wasn’t living within the arts. Over the next 10 years I immersed myself in every medium, style, concept and history of art. I now produce high end original prints and commissions.
My style is a combination of pop art and classical oil/acrylic painting. That said, I’m extremely versatile so the description might not suit every piece.
What inspires you?
I think my sub conscious gathers everything that surrounds me and throws out ideas randomly, usually when I get into bed.
What prompted you to enter the competition?
My partner saw it and gave me the nudge.
How do you feel to be the winner?
I’ve never won anything concerning my art, so this is a massive deal, the recognition is worth more to me than anything else.
What does the future hold for you and your artwork?
I’m all about the free art movement, volunteering with youths to release a creative mind set is important to me, art is a business but for me it’s so much more than that. In terms of my work I really want to find the time to create some nonsensical installations and of course continue my prints. Ideally I would be based in America.