Image of the Month – Dancing Teddy by Sally Friend ASGFA

"Teddy Dancing" by Sally Friend ASGFA.

“Dancing Teddy” by Sally Friend ASGFA.

Dancing Teddy was originally inspired by life drawings in my sketch book. I thought it would be fun to mix them up with found images and collage. It’s great fun to play with figures and put them in strange imaginary landscapes. I enjoy adding “tongue-in-cheek’ History of Art references of classic Fine Art poses. I don’t start with a fixed idea about the composition – just a drawing. When the integral collage pieces are glued, I’ll draw into the work with whatever comes to hand. I like to experiment with whatever materials will bring my subject to life. I love juxtaposing, layering and interweaving imagery. Serendipity is definitely my favourite word!

Sally’s work normally begins with sketches, often life drawings. The influence of other artists and their inspiration can be seen in Sally’s drawings, “Despair”, her prize winning entry to the Draw 14 exhibition, for example, was created after seeing Kathe Kollwitz WWI portraits, with the powerful marks and emotions.


Profile of the Artist: Sally Friend ASGFA

Sally Friend with her Prize Winning Draw 13 Work "Bathers".

Sally Friend with her Prize Winning Draw 13 Work “Bathers”.

Sally was born in Calcutta and came to the UK when she was 4yrs old. She graduated from Brighton College of Art with a BA(hons) in Graphic Design. Following this she worked as a Layout Artist, Senior Designer and freelance Graphic Designer. She was elected to the Society of Graphic Fine Art in October 2014.

The design element is a strong influence on Sally’s work and she has not only won prizes at the SGFA’s Annual exhibitions two years on the trot  but also exhibited with the Society of Women Artists (Mall Galleries) and the Chelsea Art Show. Sally also takes part in Art House Open Studios Richmond and works in painting and printmaking from her Thames-side studio in Middlesex.

Forthcoming Exhibitions:

RK Burt Gallery 13- 24 April 2015

Sunbury Working Artists Art Trail 19 – 21 June 2015

Art House Open Studios, Richmond  3 – 5 July 2015

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One Response to Image of the Month – Dancing Teddy by Sally Friend ASGFA

  1. Jo Hall says:

    Dancing teddy is just so joyful and I love the use of collage. You have really brightened up my day Sally!

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