Stephie Butler and Vandy Massey
6th - 31st August 2021
Come and enjoy a glass of wine in the company of Stephie and Vandy for our exhibition preview evening on 6th August from 18:30pm
'In Conversation' interview with Stephie and Vandy - https://www.wonky-wheel.co.uk/post/wonky-wheel-in-conversation-uncontained-exhibition-stephie-butler-and-vandy-massey
Local award-winning artists Stephie Butler and Vandy Massey started painting together in a shared virtual studio during lockdown early in 2020. It was a way of keeping their motivation going and of sharing the experience of a new way of working. Once lockdown eased, the virtual studio was replaced by Vandy’s garden as a shared painting venue, and eventually, they could paint in the studio together.
These shared painting sessions were the source of much experimental work for both artists. A bunch of peonies purchased by Vandy led to a flower painting session from which one painting was snapped up by a buyer from Australia within a day of it being posted on social media. Every painting session helped the artists to push boundaries and try new techniques.
Towards the end of summer 2020, the Uncontained painting emerged from an exuberant collaborative painting session in the somewhat overgrown garden. The painting conveys the sheer joy of the experience of painting together in a place that had become so important to both artists. It reveals the wildness of a garden filled with plants in the full maturity of the end of the growing season. The feeling of unconstrained, bountiful energy is palpable to viewers of this painting, articulating what so many people felt last summer when we were free to roam, free to socialise – we were no longer restricted - uncontained at last.
This exhibition is the first time Uncontained (the painting) will be shown in public. The exhibition includes a series of wildlife paintings by Stephie and some of Vandy’s flower painting from the garden where Uncontained was painted.
About Stephie Butler
Stephie is well-known for her distinctive portraits and wildlife paintings.
She is an award-winning artist and member of the Society of Women Artists. Predominantly working in watercolour, she is a tutor who shares her passion internationally.
Elected member of the Society of Women Artists in 2018 with whom she now regularly exhibits, at the prestigious Mall Galleries, London. Awards include the new “Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour Award” at the selected Society of East Anglian Watercolourists Exhibition 2017 and the “Derwent Art Materials Award” in 2015, at the SWA exhibition, Mall Galleries, London.
Her work has been published in various formats: in a book on watercolour techniques, in the International Watercolour Society catalogue, as a book cover and most recently as a featured artist in Practique des Arts. Regularly entering and being selected for exhibitions in the UK, she has achieved best in show, runner up and has had solo exhibitions in the UK and USA. Stephie exhibits in the Mall Galleries and Mayfair, London, along with other art societies.
She is the current Vice Chairman of the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists.
She tutors internationally and her work is in private collections across the UK, USA, Europe and the UAE.
About Vandy Massey
Vandy is an award-winning Cambridge artist who paints landscapes and flowers as a way of sharing her love of the natural world.
Her painting style has evolved through a process of continual experimentation with style and new media. Her initial medium of choice was watercolour which she loves for its freedom and flow. She now incorporates other media in her work for emphasis and atmosphere.
Her love of paintings that reveals the artist's hand through the mark-making is echoed in her own work. Expressive brushstrokes and a range of other tools used to apply paint to the surface, give her work a sense of energy. Vandy came to painting mid-way through her career, when she discovered something she treasured: the joy of seeing a painting emerge in front of her.
Vandy’s paintings have been selected for the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists Open exhibitions. Selectors included members of the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours.
Here at Wonky Wheel we love Vandy's artwork. Some of her current paintings and prints are on display in our gallery in Finchingfield and a selection can also be bought online below.