Welcome to Haus Of Lucy.
Lucy Bryant is a contemporary multi-media artist and graphic designer. Although having graduated from the University of Derby, Bryant is less defined by her formal art training than by her loose, creative approach and varied influences, which include Pop Art and the Punk music scene. Responding to contemporary culture, Bryant’s art subverts the everyday and the banal, always striving to disrupt the ordinary and create something entirely new.
Her recent limited edition print series appropriates the classic, antiquated landscape painting: steering away from the iconic work of the masters, Bryant favours the unloved and the unknown, those skilled pastiches of a Turner or a Constable, that fill the tables of junk shops. Onto these, Bryant has added anachronistic motifs to create a jarring and unexpected end result: is that an easyJet plane, gliding through a fifthteenth century sunset? And what’s that Shell Oil truck doing in the middle of a nineteenth century pastoral scene? Bryant’s work is brilliantly humorous and refreshing, and leaves us to ponder the true character of art in the twenty-first century.
Lucy applies the same principle to her ceramics; she takes chintzy kitsch figurines and turns them into something completely new. A small boy sitting on a countryside fence becomes urban in his Nike hoodie whilst a Regency gentleman takes a slurp of his giant strawberry frappuccino.
In September 2018 Lucy was invited to be part of Bob Osbourne and Carrie Reichardt's project 'Cash Is King', culminating in the publication of their book by the same name and an exhibition in the Saatchi Gallery. Featuring artists from across the urban art scene, each was asked to contirbute their own defaced bank note. Lucy's submission was a comment on social media and the Instagram generation, peppering the Queen with 'likes' and hashtags.
Welcome to the world of Lucy.