Yorkshire Artist Wins UK's Most Popular Published Artist 2022 for the third time.
Yorkshire-based Artist Lucy Pittaway has been awarded the ‘UK’s Most Popular Published Artist’ for the third time at the Fine Art Trade Guild (FATG) Awards held in Stratford Upon Avon on May 14th 2022.
Having been awarded the title for the first time in 2018 for her piece ‘Butterflies and Babies’, Lucy went on to win again in 2019 with her piece ‘A Yorkshire Garden’ which was created for the Chelsea Flower Show. With the awards suspended during 2020 and 2021, this was the first time that the awarding body was back in full swing with Lucy taking centre stage once again for her piece ‘Our Happy Place’.
As the only artist to win this award on three consecutive occasions, Lucy continues to make her mark within the art world; ‘It is such an honour to receive this award. For people to continue to welcome my art into their homes is such a joy, and the support we receive from our customers and collectors is nothing short of incredible.’
‘The past couple of years have certainly been challenging but we managed to keep smiling although there were moments when we thought that the business might not survive. This award makes all the hard work mean something,’ said Lucy. ‘It was very emotionally draining, so to come out the other end not only to have survived, but to actually be thriving and still be relevant to people, I’m humbled and extremely grateful’ she explained. ‘I hope that my journey can be an inspiration to other artists to follow their own paths.’
“After the gap caused by Covid restrictions, it was wonderful to be back together in-person as a Guild Family this year. Voting was particularly close, giving us a shortlist of five finalists. Despite that tough competition, Lucy was once again a very worthy winner of this award and we were delighted to be able to present it to her on the night.” Jo Palmer GCF(APF) Adv, Chair & Master of the Guild, May 2019 to May 2022.
The nature of this award demonstrates that consumer support, enthusiasm and appetite for art remains strong and marks a real shift in the way society consumes art, and with Lucy making it so accessible, it’s possible for everyone to have a little piece of artwork in their home.
‘A special mention has to be given to the wonderful team at Pittaway HQ as well as the team at the Fine Art Trade Guild who continue to support not only myself but new and emerging artists.’
Lucy’s work is available as stunning Original works of art, Giclee Prints or striking Canvases. You can view the full back catalogue of Lucy’s work at www.lucypittaway.co.uk or in one of her dedicated galleries in Richmond, Brompton-on-Swale, Yarm or Keswick.
About the Winning Artwork
‘Our Happy Place’ was released in February 2021 as an addition to the already successful ‘Staycation’ collection which features six other popular pieces of artwork celebrating staycations. From hitting the open road, the freedom to explore in a caravan, to visiting wonderful seaside towns to unwinding by the coast. We all love to find the perfect place to escape the world for a while, whether that’s a peaceful retreat in the woods or camping in the countryside. ‘Our Happy Place’ is a symbol of Lucy’s family and the time they spend together at their caravan in the Lake District. This painting was a very personal piece representing their valued family time together. This piece resonated with people far and wide resulting in it being the standout piece from the ‘Staycation’ collection as well as the overall best-selling piece of art for 2021.
The picture represents time spent with loved ones in your favourite place, which for Lucy, is the flora under her feet and the sun setting over the top of the rugged peaks of the Lake District. With colourful poppies and tufts of grass in the forefront and rolling sun-soaked hills sitting in the shadow of the mountain peaks, it is the best nature can offer. It explores the sense of escape we often crave from everyday day life and the care-free living and freedom to travel wherever the road takes you.
The scene is peaceful, serene, and simple; wine, plants and fairy lights represent that this small caravan is a home, and no matter where.