From Draper girl to Royal Academy shortlisted artist

From Draper girl to Royal Academy shortlisted artist

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Brixham based Becky Nuttall is a Royal Academy shortlisted artist and performance poet. Having grown up as a 'Draper girl' - the daughter of Peter Draper, an artist, designer and known later for his writing for TV and films - Becky grew up amongst the Milton Head Pottery Co. and Devon Guild of Craftsmen. We spoke to Becky about her life and work.

'I suppose my mission has been to go back to what my dad wanted to do and what my dad was trying to replicate - I think he would have been an amazing support for local arts and crafts, so I slightly thought, I'm going to take it up, because I know what he started in 1950 - the potential is still here.'

Working from her Brixham studio, Becky's work is a window into her fascinating life. Using mixed media works, collages, paintings and drawings - her works often use fragments from art school portfolios abandoned by her late father, Peter Draper, work from her children and vivid images from a lifelong love of Dadaism, Surrealism and the effect of being a Protestant girl from an unconventional background in a convent school.

“I really do believe that every painting that anybody does is a self portrait. I don’t think you can get away from the fact that that bit of art is a portrait of them... so I just happen to be more overt about it, in that it’s not just a portrait of me, it’s what’s going in my mind and a portrait of how I was brought up and the era I was brought up in and the religious dogma that was inflicted upon us at school; the lack of respect for adolescence, the lack of respect for my family... there was a lot of ‘oh, those Draper girls and their funny arty family’ and I just found that really sad... and the role of women at that time in the 1970s - the expectations, aspirations for women.”
— Becky Nuttall
Becky Nuttall, The Shorely, Torbay Culture

Becky is a prolific artist and poet who exhibits and performs across Torbay throughout the year. Her recent accolades include being shortlisted for the Royal Academy summer 2017 show, and being Highly Commended at the Torbay Poetry Festival. See more of her work and find out where and when you can see Becky exhibiting and performing here: http://www.beckynuttall.com/

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