Exhibition dates: 29 May – 12 June.
Preview: Friday 31 May, 5pm – 10pm at Lightbox Gallery, Leicester
Leicester-based artist Lucy Stevens will produce a new body of work inspired by the natural history collection at New Walk Museum in Leicester. The artwork will use a combination of photography with mixed media to display as part of a solo exhibition at the Lightbox Gallery at the LCB Depot in Leicester between 29 May – 12 June.
Working in collaboration with Bill Newsinger, a multi-media artist, Stevens has produced a variety of new works with a focus on the order, variety and beauty of colour in nature, using paint, wax pastels, collage, spray paint, ink and 24 carat gold leaf.
Stevens was inspired by Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours, an early colour dictionary, outlining colour matches across the natural kingdoms. Darwin referred to it in his notebooks from the voyage of The Beagle. One of the most significant colour dictionaries’, A Nomenclature of Colours for Naturalists (1886), was developed by Robert Ridgeway, an American ornithologist for bird identification, which was developed in 1912 naming 1,115 colours, paving the way for the pantone colour charts of today.
In this exhibition, Stevens has used David Hay’s Nomenclature of colours as applicable to the arts and natural sciences, to manufactures and other purposes of general utility (1846), to develop a colour dictionary for bird identification based on the collection of bird skins at New Walk Museum.
The exhibition preview will coincide with LastFriday where visitors can enjoy street food, drinks and music. All works will be shown for the first time and will be for sale.
Opening hours: Mon – Fri, 9.30am – 5pm. Contact 0116 261 6800 or visit http://www.lcbdepot.co.uk/event/lucy-stevens-bird-skins
More information: www.lucystevens.co.uk.