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Eliza Southwood is an award-winning printmaker, painter and illustrator originally from London but currently based in Northern Spain. She has exhibited widely both in the UK and abroad. Eliza has been drawing and painting since she was old enough to pick up a paintbrush.
Having spent her childhood in the remote region of Asturias in Spain, Eliza travelled to Italy, where she worked with horses, and then to Scotland, where she studied Architecture at the Mackintosh School of Art in Glasgow. Postgraduate studies followed in London, but after several years in architectural practice, she decided to change career and dedicate herself to making art full time.
Eliza's speciality is silk screen printing, but she also works in linocut, mixed media, watercolour, acrylic, pen and charcoal . As a keen fan of cycling, much of her work is cycling-themed, but other sources of inspiration are cityscapes, sports and people.
4 years ago she moved to Spain, returning to the same remote area she grew up in, and since then has taken inspiration from the surrounding landscapes and rural local activities, whilst continuing with the themes that interest her.
The name of show is a reflection on what it means to be outside, especially after so many were trapped indoors during the restrictions of the pandemic. It is about sports, movement, and simply taking joy in the environment around us.
Eliza's work is displayed with sculptures and miniatures by David Mayne, the creator of the Farnham Sculpture outside the gallery. David's much loved indoor sculptures depict popular activities such as cycling and woodland walks.
Felt pen on paper
Framed size: 42 x 42cms
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Eliza practiced as an architect for ten years before deciding to take up a career as an artist and illustrator full-time in 2010. She has consistently drawn and painted throughout her life, her first illustration commission being a Spanish children's book, when I was aged just 13.
Having grown up in Spain, Eliza spent a year in Italy and then moved to Scotland where she graduated from Glasgow School of Art with a degree in Architecture. She later finished her postgraduate architectural studies in London.
Eliza's speciality is silk screen printing, but she also works in mixed media, watercolour and acrylic. As a keen cycling fan, she is known particularly for her cycling themed artwork, but also produces work on a wide range of subjects such as cityscapes, dogs, sports and people.
Selected clients include Rapha, Bloomsbury, Laurence King Publishing, Magma, the V&A Museum, Brompton Bicycles, Sustrans, the London Cycling Campaign, Bourne and Hollingsworth, Epic Magazine and Cono Sur Wines.