CORDELIA, Lois

1982 - ?

Lois paints under the name of Lois Cordelia. As Lois Cordelia Bülow-Osborne, she was born at Ipswich in 1982, daughter of John Douglas Osborne and his wife Erika A. R. née Bülow, who married at Ipswich in 1981. Educated at Edinburgh University taking an hons. degree in Arabic in 2006 and the beauty of Arabic script has been major influence in her drawing techniques. A self-taught artist in cut-paper, acrylics and mixed media, based at her studio in Ipswich. She works in diverse styles, ranging from intricate silhouette paper-cut designs to bold and energetic acrylic paintings. Lois likes to explore themes of energy, flow, dance and movement, evoking these through sweeping lines and brushstrokes. In the case of paper-cuts, an equally energetic freehand sketch forms the basis of a precise design that is then cut out of the paper, piece by piece, choosing which lines and shapes to cut and which to leave intact, to achieve an aesthetic balance between positive and negative and between the blade's precision and free-flowing lines her artwork spans a vast spectrum between precision and free-flowing energy. A prolific artist and illustrator in cut-paper, acrylics and mixed media and since 1999, has worked as an assistant in the west London studio of children's author-illustrator Jan Pienkowski (born 1936), best known for his Meg and Mog series (with co-author Helen Nicoll), pop-up books including 'Haunted House', and several volumes of fairytale silhouette illustrations. Her work has been featured in a short film, 'Habibti' (Panacea Productions, London, March 2010), and as front cover and vignette book illustrations such as the 'Birdbook' series, (Sidekick Books, 2011) and for 'SternenBlick' (2015), also as illustrations for CD album artwork. She has had many mixed exhibitions in England and in Switzerland and solo exhibitions at Ancient House Gallery, Ipswich 2002 and 2008; University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy, Edinburgh 2006 and 2010; Fine Art Library, Edinburgh 2006; View From The Top Gallery, Nottingham 2008; Kulturforum Schwimmhalle Schloss Plön, Germany 2009; Open the Gate, London; The Edmund Gallery, Bury St Edmunds and Dove Cottage, Debenham, Suffolk all 2011. She specialises in illustration and personalised gift commissions, her website includes a comprehensive portfolio of her work at www.loiscordelia.com







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