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Nell Race studied at the Central School of Art and Design, Wimbledon College of Art and has a BA(Hons) in Printed Textiles (1974) from West Surrey College of Art and Design – now the University for the Creative Arts.
Distant origins of a zeal to paint probably lie within a very small island. A short row from Hammersmith Bridge, through the ’50s murky Thames waters, and we were moored into another world: of wilderness; isolated from the city that was a stone’s throw away.
Just as the island was precariously held in shape by the everlasting mud and giant hogweed, so a flow of visual ideas has always partially depended on my history.
I am curious to mingle the nebulous with a type of reality in order to express not only an idea but to also create a substratum less tangible: some latent whisperings.
Currently, my images begin in great disorder, with a big question mark. A potentially disparate collection of colour, mark and texture on a surface has to be coaxed into an image that is coherent, empathic and evocative. (There is nothing remotely “relaxing” about the process).