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SHEILA BOWNAS (1925 - 2007)

A Yorkshire Life in Pattern

9 Sep 17 - 7 Jan 18
Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 2pm-4pm

Mercer Art Gallery
Swan Road
Harrogate
North Yorkshire
HG1 2SA

SHEILA BOWNAS (1925 - 2007): A Yorkshire Life in Pattern
9 September 2017 to 7 January 2018

This exhibition tells the story of an artist whose work was profoundly influenced by a love of the Yorkshire landscape and was nearly lost forever but for a chance discovery in a Yorkshire saleroom.

Sheila Bownas was a textile designer of exceptional gifts who came from a rural Yorkshire background. She grew up in Linton on Craven near Grassington and in 1946 her talent won her a place at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Sheila always worked as a freelance designer, making designs for Liberty and Co., Marks and Spencer, Laura Ashley, the Natural History Museum and more.

Sheila was very close to her parents and loved the Yorkshire Dales. She returned to Linton for good in the mid 1960s, where she carried on selling her designs for another 25 years with an extremely productive period in the early 1970s. During this time she created some bold and colourful work using clever pattern repeats with beautifully formed geometric shapes. Sheila was at her happiest in Yorkshire; it was here that her natural talent truly flourished as an artist and designer. She continued to paint and draw local life right up until her death at the age of 82.