Double Feature: An Exhibition of Paintings by Frances Lemmon and Keith Langlois
Cats, dogs and a few other old friends might describe the subject matter of this collection of work. My ambition to devote my time exclusively to painting on reaching the age of 65 has eluded me so far but I’m working at it and have here a collection of oils and watercolours on show created in the last few months.
Guernsey born I worked from a young age at the Guernsey Pottery slip casting and mould making. In 1974 aged 18 I attended an art foundation course at the Dove Centre near Glastonbury where I found I had a facility for drawing. I went on to pursue commercial opportunities over the decades including creating interiors for pubs in the 1980s for Barker Harland Ltd to commercial illustration and animation for a variety of companies from Hughes R+D to Protexin International. I’ve always painted aside any commercial work showing in group exhibitions and a RA summer show. Amongst my influences have been from early years MC Escher and Mervyn Peake with Paula Rego and Michael Armitage being much admired amongst our living artists today.
Frances Lemmon trained at London College of Printing, Sir John Cass School of Art and Camberwell School of Art before working as a scenic artist in London in the 1980s. In the early 90’s Frances emigrated to New Zealand where she set up a business painting trompe d’oeil and bespoke interiors before returning to Guernsey in 2005. She has worked as a fine artist ever since, teaching art part-time.
The paintings in this exhibition are recent acrylic and oil studies as well as a couple of paintings finished as a result of her visit to Costa Rica following the route Guernsey man William Le Lacheur made in the 19th century. William Le Lacheur is famous for his import of coffee to London as well as the great philanthropic work he carried out in that country.