Francesca preying for success at new show

Francesca Simpson, with one of her exhibits from Prey.
Francesca Simpson, with one of her exhibits from Prey.

A north Northumberland artist, who recently appeared on French television, is currently showcasing a new exhibition at the Alnwick Playhouse.

Entitled Prey, Francesca Simpson’s exhibition features drawings, paintings and prints including her new collection of life-like wildlife drawings, created using biro.

Francesca, from Hipsburn, said: “I’m showing original biro drawings of British wildlife and a few acrylic landscape paintings that were featured in the French TV piece.

“I’ll be offering originals and prints in a wide range of sizes and prices.

“I started drawing with a biro when I was at school and have developed the technique over years to produce the very fine and detailed work I’m creating now.

“The effects I can get from an ordinary ballpoint pen are unlike any other medium. I like the sharpness and the blackness of it. It responds to pressure so I can use it for shading as finely as with a pencil.

“For this exhibition, I’ve incorporated colour into my drawings for the first time. Three of the pieces will be biro and acrylic.”

The Playhouse regularly exhibits the work of local artists and photographers.

The arts venue’s Nicola Stevenson said: “Francesca had a very successful exhibition at the Playhouse last year and we are very pleased that she has returned with a lot of new work.”

Roy Todd, chairman of trustees at the Alnwick District Playhouse Trust, said: “The Trustees are delighted that Alnwick Playhouse is the venue for Francesca’s new solo exhibition.

“We anticipate a significant footfall throughout its duration and we are pleased to be able to provide the opportunity for this talented young artist to present her work.”

The exhibition, which opened on Tuesday, runs until Saturday, March 14. Opening times are from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am until 5pm.

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