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Pavements - An Online Exhibition By Christabel Blackburn

Partnership Editions is pleased to present an online solo-exhibition, featuring a new body of work by Portrait Artist of The Year winner, Christabel Blackburn.

This collection of over 15 original artworks, including works on paper and oil paintings on canvas and panel, focuses on the relationship between people and architecture and explores questions of identity. 

Anonymous figures, vibrating amongst the buildings they share their city with, form the subject of this series. In these works, Christabel explores what it means to be human in an urban environment, and how these different structures with which we coexist can alter the way that we feel, behave and think.


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Christabel's Inspiration

Christabel Blackburn is a London based artist whose work focuses on the human form and portraiture. After finishing her degree in Classics at Newcastle University she studied figurative drawing and sculpting in Florence. Embracing this foundation in traditional techniques, she completed a further two years at the London Atelier of Representational Art where she started to paint. Christabel has participated for two consecutive years in Sky Arts’ popular show, Portrait Artist of The Year; winning the competition in 2020. As part of her winning prize, she was commissioned to paint the singer Nile Rodgers for The Royal Albert Hall’s permanent collection. 

Influenced by Edward Hopper’s realism, photography by Philip-Lorca diCorcia as well as David Hockney’s architectural traits, Christabel’s work has evolved dramatically over the last ten years. Her strong sense of observation has enabled her to refine her technique, paring down detail yet still capturing the very essence of people in their environments and the coexistence of the two. Be it a lone figure in a gallery or a child in an urban park, the stillness she portrays in her everyday scenes draws the viewer in and like photography, holds you in that moment in time.

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