New art to view at Upton House

By Kevin Unitt 26/03 Updated: 26/03 09:10

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VISITORS to Upton House and Gardens can view two new works of art from this week.

The paintings, inspired by Upton’s world-class collection of Old Master paintings, are by contemporary artist Sigrid Holmwood and will be on display from Wednesday (March 28) until the end of 2012 as part of Upton’s 'Year of Art' celebrations.

Sigrid is a self-styled ‘performance painter’ where the act of painting is part of the art, making her own historically accurate costumes from the period and wearing them as she paints in public.

Her first new piece completes a series of paintings by the 17th century Dutch master Jan Steen. Upton has four paintings from a series entitled The Five Senses. The fifth painting is an art historical mystery as it’s never been found. For the first time in over 350 years, Sigrid’s work will ‘complete’ the series with an entirely new depiction of the sense of ‘touch’.

Sigrid’s second work will take shape throughout the year. The new piece, an oil on panel painting this time inspired by Jan Provost, will start life as a blank oak panel and gradually come to life each time Sigrid adds another layer of paint. As she’s working, Sigrid will be chatting to visitors about her experiences as a professional artist and her love of 17th Century Dutch painters.

The gardens, restaurant and shop are open 11am to 5pm, Fridays to Wednesdays and The house is open 1pm to 5pm.

For further details visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/uptonhouse or call 01295 670266.

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