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Gazelle wins Brownston Fresh Talent Award 2021

Diana Forest AKA Gazelle St. Ives, joins previous graduates as this year's Brownston Fresh Talent Award winner

BA (Hons) Drawing, Painting and Printmaking graduate Diana Forrest, aka Gazelle St Ives, has won The Brownston Gallery’s Fresh Talent Award 2021, joining previous graduates Sianan Bunt, who won the prize in 2020, and Christina Barton, who won in 2019.

Based in the Georgian town of Modbury, Brownston Gallery is one of the leading galleries in the region, representing a diverse range of talent, including many of our alumni.

“My practice is about painting with intuition, passion, colour, imagination and inspiration”, Gazelle explained. Her inspirations include Mark Rothko and the philosophies of Nietzsche and Plato. She is also influenced by Iain McGilchrist’s “The Master and His Emissary”, which takes a new look at the relationship between our two brain-hemispheres, not just as a neurological issue but as a crucial factor in shaping our culture.

The Brownston Gallery represents a number of established and emerging artists whose styles range from abstract to figurative, psychedelic to portraiture. Their relationship with Plymouth College of Art is a longstanding one. Brownston Gallery represents many local artists such as Teresa Pemberton and Simeon Stafford, as well as Painting, Drawing & Printmaking graduate Julie Ellis, who had her debut exhibition ‘Mists of Time’ at the gallery in 2016.

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The most important aspect of art is the act of doing it, enjoying it and sharing it.
Gazelle, winner of the Brownston Fresh Talent Award

Gazelle lives in St Ives and has travelled extensively, particularly through Africa. She feels equally at home in both places.

“When I am painting I leave everything behind,” Gazelle said, “my whole being is the paint and the canvas, nothing else exists and it may involve me for three to six hours straight. It’s as though my life ceased when the painting was born.”

Wherever she is creating, Gazelle is clear about her artistic intention, “The most important aspect of art is the act of doing it, enjoying it and sharing it.” She continues, “I want to thank The Brownston Gallery for exhibiting my paintings this summer and for offering to show new work at some future date in their beautiful gallery in Modbury.”

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The Brownston Gallery is full of praise for Gazelle, saying “We love her work and feel she has a great future ahead.” They described this year's BA (Hons) Drawing, Painting and Printmaking entries as “outstanding”.

To find out more about studying BA (Hons) Drawing, Painting and Printmaking and start your creative journey with us, visit our next on campus Open Day on Saturday 15 January 2022.