A very Marlborough dynasty
Marlborough and the stunning Wiltshire landscape which surrounds it are enough to elevate the most leaden of spirits and least creative of minds, but for one family it has inspired three generations of exceptional talent. Poet Laureate and former Marlborough College pupil Sir John Betjeman immortalised his days at Marlborough College in his collection of poems, Summoned by Bells.
It is a bloodline deeply wedded to the English landscape
His daughter, Candida Lycett Green, described as the 'finest writer of our time on the countryside', devoted her working life to her love of England, especially Wiltshire, with Marlborough as her home town for many decades.
It is a bloodline deeply wedded to the English landscape and the work of Endellion Lycett Green, Candida's daughter, could also be described as a love song to her country. Based in Alton Barnes, Delli's work is closely focused on nature and plant life and she has met success with regular exhibitions at the Cork Street gallery, Browse and Darby. Having built a loyal following of collectors of her detailed plant work, the move away from this style toward something more abstract was a real risk but one she felt compelled to take. 'I feel released, like I've opened up some new avenues for my work.'
Delli's work first came to widespread attention in a sell-out show at the Mount House Gallery in Marlborough in 1997. Before that, she studied Fine Art and English at Exeter University and honed her skills in her Ravey Street studio in London's East End
The unfolding of Delli's career is the progression not just of her art, but a profound spirituality which informs it.
before moving back to the Marlborough countryside of her childhood. Brilliant, humble and funny, Delli has a laugh like her grandfather and her mother's eye for beauty, but her talent is all her own. She has eschewed the family bandwagon to create work which is a true reflection of her rich interior life, one which is hers alone.
The unfolding of Delli's career is the progression not just of her art, but a profound spirituality which informs it. Delli has a pantheistic approach to the spiritual life, choosing not one God but learning from the teachings of all to find freedom from the tyranny of the ego and a move towards unity with all mankind. Inspired by the works of Swedenborg, among others, Delli's current paintings are an expression of her newfound liberation with her work: 'After my mother died, I thought, life is so short, and I wanted to express myself in more than one way so I used sand, charcoal, paint and gold leaf on canvasses from 2'x3' to 3'x4'.'
Her previous work was undeniably the expression of a first-rate talent but the new paintings seem to dance off the canvas, alive with a new brilliance and freedom. She has been painting with a vengeance in recent months and this outpouring is the result of a great internal shift. It may sound complex but in fact it is the result of something very simple. 'All it boils down to is love really', she says.
Abstract paintings are available from Jeni Weinberger at The Art Salon, Broad Street, Bath BA1 5LN. Tel 01225 422 220 www.artsalon.co.uk