Liz Pollard

Recent work is a mixture of relief prints, drypoints, works in watercolour or acrylic and drawings in ink and wash.  Influences range from 17th-century Dutch genre painting, Chardin’s still-lives and interiors, Japanese wood-block prints, the Ealing Studios films, to contemporary video/performance artists, the Brontës’ novels and poetry, Paula Rego and Norman Ackroyd prints.  After completing an M.A. dissertation on ‘Women, Madness and Cleaning’ left me depressed, with a large collection of J-Cloths and rubber gloves and a strong aversion to housework to show for my efforts, my subject-matter has since moved outdoors into the moist Yorkshire air.  I like liminal spaces which have a strong sense of history – the edges of moors and crags, stretches of coast – and attempt to convey their particularity through initial sketches, photographs and my memories of the sensory overload of a boggy walk or a windy constitutional across a strand lined with colourful beach-huts.  Work is mostly semi-abstract, sometimes quirky and colourful, or dark and moody.  I have exhibited widely in the UK, less so abroad.  My work is held in many private collections, from the US to Hong Kong and throughout the UK.