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  • Design Credit: Samantha Todhunter Design Ltd., Photo Credit: Oliver Clarke. Dimensions: H 27.56 in. x W 39.38 in.
  • Design Credit: Lucy Harris Studio, Photo Credit: Francesco Bertocci. Dimensions: H 27.56 in. x W 39.38 in.
  • Design Credit: Timothy Godbold, Photo Credit: Karl Simone. Dimensions: H 27.56 in. x W 39.38 in.
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Isabel Rock
Surrealist Royal College of Art Large Painting Women LGBTQ+ Blue Feet Swim Lake

2022

$1,850

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Isabel Rock is a creator of contemporary fairy tales. A graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, her work is an explosion of strange occurrences while a surreal narrative takes the audience on a journey into the imagination. Hugely inspired by Paula Rego, Isabel Rock is part of a formidable group of women artists (Leonora Carrington and Eileen Agar amongst others) working with Surrealism. Whilst Rock always has a tale to tell for each of her images, you may or may not choose to go on the journey with her or you may indeed have a different story, one of your own that jumps off the page at you and that that you decide to follow. Artwork Details: Isabel Rock, The Rock Pool, mixed media on paper, 70cm x 100cm, unframed, 2022 In Rock;' own words, 'As I sat on the beach and dangled my feet in a rock pool I heard a queer conversation, but as I was the only one on the beach I did not know who was speaking or where it was coming from. The conversation went something like this. What is this thing of delight? I believe it is what is called a Rose. And what is it for? It is for the most important thing in the world, simply for joy. Its sole job is to grow and bloom, to provide a sensational smell for any who chose to stop and enjoy it. And what is this? This is a car tyre. And is this also for joy? No, this is for dirt and destruction, for air that you choke on, rusted metal carcasses, and stinking, sticky oil that never goes away. Oh dear, what is it doing here? It is an intruder from another world. A place where you should never go, but many of our people have been taken to perish. I should not like to perish in this world you speak of. As I dabbled my feet in the water I could not for the life of me work out where it was coming from. Imagine not knowing a car tyre or a rose! The sun went behind a cloud and the warmth of the day was lost. I packed up my things and returned to my car thinking what a nice time I had had on the beach.' Artwork Provenance: from the Artist Studio A certificate of authentication comes from Gallery Art 1821 photo credits, Isabel working, black and white shots, James Brown About Isabel and her work: Taking inspiration from Japanese woodblock prints and Indian miniature painting Rock has developed a unique collage technique that combines bold structures with large-scale woodblock prints and intricate detailing. The subject is a grand mixture of humour, drama, hidden morals, fanciful characters, modern culture, mythical beings and fantastical situations. Rock creates a world that pulls you in and demands your attention. Quality of line is paramount, the drawings are created using a dipping pen and acrylic ink. An essential tool is a squirrel’s hair brush that gives incredible fine lines and was purchased on her travels in India. Born in Hammersmith, London in 1981, Rock knew her destiny was to be an artist. Studying Fine Art Printmaking at The University of Brighton and graduating with First Class Honours in 2004 she went on to do a Masters Degree at The Royal College of Art in London, continuing her studies in printmaking and drawing, graduating in 2008. Her first solo show at Bearspace Gallery in Deptford, London in April 2009 sold out and was the beginning of a career that continues to rise. Rock participated in the first ever India Art Fair represented by Art 1821 Gallery, where her detailed and intricate work was met with great appreciation from collectors and public. She has since participated in international residencies in India, Iceland, Germany and West Africa as well as building up her portfolio and exhibiting at various galleries internationally. In 2013 she won the Arts Foundation Printmaking Fellowship, a £10,000 award given to emerging artists in certain fields, only six are awarded each year. This funded a move to Berlin as the vibrant art scene in the city seemed to be the perfect place to make the next steps in her career. The city proved to be a valuable creative inspiration as it was here that Rock began to explore the written side of her visual stories, which she now performs at spoken word nights. Rock sat out the pandemic in her port-a-cabin studio near Reading, UK, creating a series of large-scale collages and writing surreal short stories. In 2021 she was awarded a Special Commendation in the renowned Trinity Wharf Drawing Prize. Shortly after this she was evicted by the local council and is currently living and working in London where she also enjoys roller skating, growing sweet peas, reading novels and thinking up new and wild things to draw. Shipping: Please note this artwork will be shipped in a professional, wide art tube and will be sent rolled. The cost for shipping will therefore be considerably cheaper than the amount quoted. Giving: Recent times have made us more aware of the necessity to hep when we can. Art educates us about ourselves. Art 1821 is pleased to sponsor the eduction of a child in India from the proceeds of the sale of this artwork. Please contact us if you would like more information about the registered Charity we support

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