British artist Lucy du Sautoy graduated from The Art Academy in London with a first-class Fine Art Diploma in 2015, the same year her painting Daydreaming was selected for the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. In February 2019 she was voted Artist of the Year by Artists and Illustrators magazine and her winning painting was shown in the associated exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.
Lucy’s oil paintings depict everyday views seen in moments of daydreaming and distraction. Going home from college one day, she found herself focusing on the raindrops travelling across the train window as she pondered the concept of daydreaming – that moment when you don’t feel any emotion, that almost meditative, in-between state that often occurs during moments of routine and boredom, when the mind wanders and you can become focused on tiny details and start doodling absent-mindedly.
Research has shown that we spend about half our waking lives daydreaming. In a world bombarded with information and images, daydreaming offers us an opportunity for freedom and escape.
Since then Lucy has addressed familiar, often overlooked, subjects in her work – mainly finger-drawn words and pictures on steamed-up car, bus and house windows, and raindrops on train windows. “I aim to create a sense of recognition that can allow the viewer to overlay the painting with their own mental imagery, or to imagine what might have led to or might follow this moment. I aim to trigger their daydreams.”
Lucy works from photographs as her first point of reference. She manipulates them digitally by cropping, blurring areas to bring other details forward and altering colour saturations. This enables her to work out the composition and see whether what she has in mind can work as a painting.
Surface is important to the artist; she wants the viewer to enjoy the painted medium as much as she does, so brush marks are often visible and layers of glazes obvious.
Lucy’s work is regularly exhibited at art fairs and galleries, most recently in a solo show at Panter & Hall in London in 2020. Her work was also featured in the solo exhibitions Inside Outside and Views at the Jane Newbery Gallery in London in 2018 and 2019, and the group show In This Moment at The Stratford Gallery in 2018. In 2016 she participated in the group shows Roseberys Introducing at Roseberys Auction House, London, and This is Reality at the Espacio Gallery in London. Lucy frequently creates paintings for private clients and welcomes new commissions. Her work is held in private and corporate collections across the UK and in the US.