This Spring, ‘The Indian Influence’ is coming to Cumberland Lodge, with a new art exhibition by Lancashire-born artist and designer, Samantha Buckley. 

The exhibition launches in March and there will be four public open mornings on Saturday 25 March, 1 April, 8 April and 4 June 2017, from 10am till 12.30pm, with free admission. All are welcome to attend.

It is being hosted as part of our ongoing series of educational and cultural events for the local community.

The open morning on Sunday 4 June will include a practical demonstration by the artist.

About the artist

Samantha Buckley studied at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London. She uses traditional brushes, paper and pigments to produce paintings that are heavily influenced by the rich colours and intricate patterns of the Indian tradition of miniature painting.

‘The Indian Influence’ explores the use of these traditional techniques and colours but re-imagines them in contemporary environments. 

Speaking about her work, she said: “I work in a very holistic and traditional way. I hope I am helping to maintain this technique, which has been practised for hundreds of years. The tradition is suffering a slow demise, even in India, so any little helps to keep it alive and well. “The pigments I use are traditional Indian colours. Alongside this I use a traditional Indian brush, made from the tail of a squirrel and only used in this technique. There are a variety of processes used in the creation of a miniature painting, all of which are delicate and time-consuming but lead to an amazing finished product, full of depth and detail. The technique also requires the use of agate stones to burnish, gum Arabic to fix the paints, and 24-carat gold to finish off the final details.” 

Samantha has previously developed designs for Traditional Arts Limited, which was founded by The Prince of Wales, and she is involved in promoting the traditional arts and raising money for The Prince’s Trust.

She started her career as a ceramic artist and printer, specialising in hand-painted etchings, which she has sold successfully to outlets such as Liberty's and Christie's Contemporary Arts.

You can find out more about her work here.

About the exhibition

The works on display at Cumberland Lodge will be available to purchase.

Private viewings and further information can be requested by contacting Emma Albery, our Friends, Alumni and Outreach Officer, on 01784 497790 or at ealbery@cumberlandlodge.ac.uk.