All posts by Libby Smith

Gwen John – Bridging the Gap

My new work is inspired by the “The Little Interior” paintings by Gwen John.  I have taken the subject of still life and landscape to represent the barriers that female artists faced in the late 19th early 20th centuries – the bottles represent the barriers, the landscape representing the freedom beyond.   Below are a […]

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Cover to Cover – Bridging the Gap

Gwen John – 1876 to 1939 About a year ago I began my research for our new EAST exhibition “Bridging the Gap” and the subject I chose was the life and work of the Welsh artist Gwen John.  Previous to this I had been looking at the subject of still life and interiors and this […]

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Setting the Tone

In my work for “Bridging the Gap” I have developed a piece of work that depicts a cafe interior with four unoccupied tables, the chairs and items on the tables give clues as to the marital relationships and the intertwined lives of Gwen, her brother Augustus John and her fellow female artists with whom she […]

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Snapshot of 2022

The East year 2022 in pictures rounding off the last 12 months with a get together of current and past members in December.  The feature image at the top of the blog is from the open activity EAST did at the Babylon Gallery when we exhibited there in June which proved very popular.

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Bridging the Gap: Creativity vs Domesticity

My research for the next EAST exhibition focuses on female artists and in particular Gwen John (1876-1939) and her peers, who were limited by societal norms as well as the dominance of patriarchal institutions such as the Royal Academy, where, although women were allowed to exhibit their work, there were very few opportunities for professional […]

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