Keswick gallerist Lucy Pittaway named best in UK at awards
ARTIST Lucy Pittaway, who has four galleries in Keswick, has been crowned the UK’s most popular published artist for the third time running.
Lucy, who also has galleries in Richmond, Brompton-on-Swale and Yarm, was announced as the winner of the Fine Art Trade Guild (FATG) Awards held in Stratford Upon Avon this month (Saturday May 14) .
Sharing her joy at the win, Lucy said: “It was totally unexpected, I didn’t think I would get it for the third year in a row. It was a shock and a great surprise and I am absolutely delighted and quite honored.
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“The Fine Arts Trade Guild has been setting quality standards in art and framing in our industry for over 100 years, so the award gives my art real credibility as it is a globally recognized award. nationally by a well-known and respected international organization.
“I tend to think of it as a team award, it’s not just mine. Even though I have to paint them and people buy the work, it really is a team effort. I started the business with my husband many years ago and for it to grow into what it is and win awards like this, it’s a fantastic honor.
His piece, Our Happy Place, follows the previous works Butterflies and Babies and A Yorkshire Garden as award-winning works.
Describing the piece, Lucy shared, “The sun is setting just behind the mountains and there is a cozy little caravan in the foreground. Two people are sitting on deckchairs enjoying a good glass of wine and enjoying the view of the setting sun. It is a very warm image with fairy lights on the caravan, a relaxing and peaceful room. You can see yourself in it and it represents my family’s happy place which is our caravan.
“The past two years have been stressful, in general and in running a business, and this is our happy little place to get away from it all and that’s why the job is titled as such.
“It resonated with so many people and they can see themselves in this picture or they want to get away from this place, get away from the worries of life, and I think that’s why it’s so popular .”
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