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Constance Stubbs

(Cheltenham 1927-2015 Pakenham, Suffolk)

The Neap Tide, c. 1980s

acrylic and paper collage on canvas

signed ‘C Stubbs’ lower right

35.5 x 25.5 cm.

Stubbs studied at Cheltenham School of Art and in 1946 gained a scholarship to the Royal College of Art, where her tutors included Ruskin Spear, John Minton and Carel Weight. After graduation she went to Greece as a studio assistant to Christos Kapralos (1909-1993) and in 1950 held her first solo exhibition ‘A Year in Greece’ at the Anglo-Hellenic Club in Athens.

In 1957 she married fellow artist Harold Wilfred Yates and held various one woman shows around East Anglia and in London throughout her career. Her idiosyncratic collage technique, using acrylic or watercolour with gouache, chalk, and pastel, building up delicate layers of colourful and sometimes translucent texture earned her wide acclaim.

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