Lucy Augé is an artist who captures the fragile essence of nature. Working between abstraction and representation, she follows the seasons and allows them to dictate how each piece comes into being.
Finding patterns in nature is an ethereal task, as if trying to grasp a ghost, for even if the same plant grows again and again, the bow of its petalled head or twist of its leaf will never be replicated. These visions of briefness become beautiful in themselves, so that each plant is painted and revered as an individual worthy of a portrait. Lucy gravitates to nature’s pace, slowing to paint and observe the fine details that may be easily missed in the rush of the present day. Her studio is immersed in the countryside, where the surrounding weeds, blooms and trees feature as her daily muse.
Lucy’s attention has recently been captivated by tree shadows. Working quickly, she turns a segment of their cascading branches into almost abstract art. Her latest block of shadows was born from the gloom of this year’s June. Pockets of white sky flitted between the frail twigs and branches. ‘I noticed that there were these beautiful abstract shapes between the leaves,’ Lucy says, ‘and I wanted to explore that within my painting.’
Using Japanese and Sumi inks for their fluidity and gradient, each painting is sparse, allowing the delicate shapes and subtle colours to fully come to the fore.
Known for producing large bodies of still life work, Lucy’s collections have been exhibited internationally. Lucy’s work has been exhibited in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Compton Verney and The Garden Museum.