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Clifton Suspension Bridge by Jayne Abbott
Jayne's drawing of the iconic bridge

Brunel's kingdom collection

The drawings and prints from this new collection by Jayne Abbott will be featured at an exhibition at The Guild Gallery, The Bristol Guild of Applied Art, Park Street, from 1st April till 22.

The exhibition comprises original drawings featuring famous landmarks between Plymouth and London.

These include the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the ss Great Britain, Temple Meads Station, Temple Meads Old Station, Underfall Yard, Royal Albert Bridge, Saltash and Paddington Station.

"The original idea for the project stemmed from the drawing of the Clifton Suspension Bridge which I drew from a friends house in 1984," explained Jayne.

"I have always loved the "fairytale" quality of this bridge and recall looking out for it on long family journeys when I was very small.

"I loved its sparkly lights and its jewelled appearance, hence my title "The Link" for it years later, representing as it does, for me, a link in a fine piece of jewellery," she said.

"I have tried to demonstrate Brunel's enormous versatility by selecting landmarks that involve different engineering techniques"
Jayne Abbott, artist

In April last year, whilst re-establishing public interest in the drawing, Jayne learned that this year was Brunel's 200th birthday and immediately decided to create a collection of work in time for the celebrations.

"The resulting collection represents my contribution to the forthcoming celebrations and serves as my personal tribute to this great man," said Jayne.

"I have tried to demonstrate Brunel's enormous versatility by selecting landmarks that involve different engineering techniques."

The life of an artist is rarely one of wealth in their own lifetime and Jayne is no exception.  In order to bank roll her Brunel work she has produced greeting cards and prints for sale and has just started to make fridge magnets and notepads.

Jayne is completely self taught, having loved drawing since childhood.  Her subjects are wide ranging and include landscapes, seascapes portraits and architectural scenes.

Her heroes in the art world include Van Gogh, expeicially his representation of Starry Starry Night "because of his vibrant use of colour in a night time scene".

"Since night is represented more or less monochromatically to the naked eye, I feel that he has recorded a lot of the colours from his imagination," said Jayne.

Also David Hockney's The Swimming Pool which appeals "because of his more contemporary approach to this subject, employing the use of bright, flat areas of colour and simplified images and I also like the work of Blake and Escher".

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