Biography

Carry Akroyd

Born in 1953 and lives in the country in a small village

in East Northhamptonshire 120 miles north of London. Carry grew up in this area which is a border area between hard-cultivated land and untouched nature, largely wetlands so-called

"Fens" and "Reedbeds".

She sketches on site and then processes the impressions in her studio - some impressions become paintings, watercolors and acrylics, and in other cases the expression becomes graphic in different techniques, such as serigraphs that she makes entirely by hand and in very small editions or lithographs in collaboration with a litho printer - even these in small editions.

She also works with linoleum cuts and woodcuts.

 

Especially in her landscapes is the bird's eye view. Diagonally from above, she sees a landscape divided into disparate fields in many colors and she also sees traces of human life lived down there on the ground with traffic on the roads and industries on the horizon with their dark clouds of pollution. It can be a killer whale or a happy one that hovers over the landscape and looks for food that is becoming increasingly difficult to find.

 

Carry Akroyd is a member of the "Society of Wildlife Artists" and regularly exhibits with the association in the annual exhibitions in London.

 

She became chairman of the cultural society "John Clare Society" in 2016 after many years. The 19th century poet, "peasant poet" John Clare as a source of inspiration in his nature and landscape descriptions where the farmer and author John Clare already a couple of hundred years ago depicted a landscape in conflict between nature and man.

 

Among many illustration assignments, John Clares can be mentioned in this context

well-known "The Wood is Sweet" and "The Shepherd's Calender".

Many other assignments include illustrations for "Sky Full of Starlings"

by Stephen Moss and "The Great Fen" by Chris Gerrard.

 

Carry has written and illustrated a number of his own books, such as "Found in the FIelds" and "Nature's powers & spells, Landscape Change, John Clare and me" and otherwise illustrated about thirty books about animals and nature in England.

She regularly exhibits at various galleries in the UK and is represented at Jesus College in Cambridge, Oundle School, Edith Cavell Hospital and Monarch Chemicals.

 

See and hear Carry talk about her art and her work on YouTube

        

 

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