Rebecca Jane Stockburn Art

Rebecca Jane Stockburn Art

Rebecca Stockburn lives on the Welsh and Shropshire border with her partner, and cat. Born in the late 80s in Surrey, Rebecca has also lived in Kuwait, a few years after the First Gulf War; Aix-en-Provence in France, where she attended the same middle school as Cezanne; Aberystwyth in Wales; Wuhan in China, and Durham. Due to this slightly nomadic life, she often feels a 'travel itch' to explore both the near and far.

From a very early age art has transported Rebecca to other realms and people. Cinematic moving images would come very vividly in dreams. Often depicting myths, history, archetypes or symbols, the medium which she feels most at home with is watercolour. Due to an equal passion for history, Rebecca pursued both Fine Art and History in her studies, and has taught both at secondary schools.

Rebecca's paintings have both an ephemereal and intricate quality. Work is highly detailed and takes many days or weeks to achieve. Watercolour, gold, gouache, pen and sometimes collage are used, she enjoys experimenting with materials. Literature, fairytales, world faiths, and traipsing through the countryside serve as constant sources of inspiration. Animals such as birds, rabbits, fish and butterflies have a totemic quality. Historical costume, textile patterns, and wildflowers are also embroidered into the pieces. Rebecca is inspired from art and craft from all over the world, particularly: Indian and Arabic miniature painting, Chinese and Japanese ink painting, and medieval illuminations. Amongst her numerous other influences are Alan Lee, Arthur Rackman, Angela Barrett, Kaye Nielson, Dulac, and the Pre-Raphaelites.

Currently, Rebecca is collaborating with archaeologist Caroline Malim on a book project which delves into the archaeological and historical origins of site specific British myths and legends. Their first chapter has just been published in: Old Oswestry Hillfort and its Landscape, Eds Timothy Malim & George Nash, Archaeopress Oxford, 2020. ​
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