Artist Becky's work selected for Royal Academy Summer Exhibition - and sold before show opens

Joseph Bulmer

A painting by Torbay artist Becky Nuttall has been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition - and sold before the show opened.

Becky, a a UNESCO English Riviera ambassador artist and member of Torbay Culture Board, comes from an artistic and literary background.

She studied art in the early 1970s but got diverted by literature and, latterly, the social development of adolescents.

The research undertaken as part of her MA reconnected her to her own adolescence and its influences.

A published poet, Becky is the daughter of Peter Draper, who owned Milton Head Pottery in Brixham from 1950 to 1959 and became a successful playwright and screenwriter. He was a founder member of The Devon Guild of Craftsmen.

This year, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is curated by Yinka Shonibare.

He was looking for works that do not adhere to the Western Canon or by artists trained in the Western tradition but who work in a more visceral manner, being inclusive and reclaiming the magic of art, in all its diversity and cultural identity

Becky's painting ‘The anchorhold 1971’ was selected and then sold before the exhibition opened to the public on September 22.

The show closes on January 2 and the painting will be on show until that date.

Becky said: "The painting recalls the societal incidents in 1971 that affected women.

"I was the teenager assaulted on a dancefloor in 1971 in the middle of the painting.

"The theme of the work is based on a children’s theatre I had as a child. The women in their ‘anchorholds’ are tethered to the men. The central figure also represents my love of 1970s fashion and rock music.

"Plagued by unwanted attention and the limitations set by a patriarchal society, 1971 was a year of joyous discovery tempered by the reality of adolescence."

Becky paints mainly in acrylic and also creates mixed media works that sometimes include parts of her original childhood and art student work which are collaged into paintings.

Works with a reference to religious iconography replicate the paintings in convent schools.

"Sometimes I include works by my father and children to show the artistic tradition that runs through my family," said Becky.

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