Elizabeth Akehurst

About The Artist

Elizabeth Akehurst subjects are always drawn from particular experiences. Thus figurative pieces can originate from events such as meals with friends, watching builders and decorators at work, or going to concerts.

Landscapes are inspired by the Medway area with its combination of mudflats, reed-beds and industrial history; by the Shropshire and Norfolk countryside or from sitting in the gardens of friends.
The paintings arise slowly out of a long period of working. Initially preliminary studies are made, often on the spot, in pen, ink or watercolour. These, sometimes supplemented by photographs, are used to produce a large number of small pieces exploring compositional forms, colour and tone. Some of these may develop into larger watercolour and gouache or collage works in their own right.

The subject begins to become “known” and work is begun on a series of oil paintings, maybe five or more at a time.

Sometimes the subject is considered from a viewpoint first taken within the very subject itself, then drawn up and over as if looking down from above. Paint is applied using a range of brushes or with roller and palette knife. Additional line is added, a vital compositional element in the work, with charcoal, oil pastel or the end of the brush. Texture and depth of paint is used to create planes, drawing forms forwards or backwards while brush work moves and animates the surface.

The paintings are worked over many times, the artist moving from one piece to another as each establishes its own identity and until some element of that original event has been caught. By this time the subject has acquired a life of its own.

Elizabeth’s work can be found in collections all over the world including New York, Amsterdam and Paris. She has also exhibited in solo shows across the UK.

Medway Jetty
 Oil on Canvas
510mm x 510mm

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Summer Evening
 Oil on Paper
Framed 640mm x 460mm

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Edge of Water I
 Oil on Canvas
410mm x 510mm

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two pots in the sun

Two Pots in the Sun
 Oil on Paper
Framed 770mm x 650mm

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Plant in a Red Pot

Plant in a Red Pot
 Oil on Paper
Framed 775mm x 665mm

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red pot and white pot

Red Pot and White Pot
 Oil on Canvas
700mm x 600mm

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pot on the balcony

Pot on the Balcony
 Oil on Canvas
500mm x 400mm

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October Landscape
 Oil on Paper
Framed 1090mm x 840mm

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Pink Leaves 2

Pink Leaves II
 Oil on Canvas
Framed 335mm x 380mm

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Ready to Swim

Ready to Swim
 Oil on Canvas
Framed 310mm x 415mm

SOLD

At the Edge of the Sea

At the Edge of the Sea
 Oil on Board
Framed 435mm x 615mm

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eating together

Eating Together
 Oil on Board
Framed 480mm x 650mm

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Edge of the Water 2

Edge of the Water II
 Oil on Paper
Framed 530mm x 580mm

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Spring Garden, Stoneacre III
 Oil on Paper
Framed 930mm x 740mm

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Riverside
 Oil on Paper
Framed 580mm x 720mm

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Four Pots
 Oil on Paper
Framed 405 x 420mm

SOLD

River Medway, Frosty Morning
 Oil on Paper
Size Framed: 760mm x 460mm

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Palm Tree
 Oil on Paper
Framed 280mm x 340mm

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La Palma IV

 Oil on Paper
Framed 550 x 430mm

SOLD

River Medway, Upnor Castle
 Digital Print
Size Framed: 470mm x 320mm

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Shropshire Hill
 Digital Print
Size Framed: 470mm x 320mm

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French Fields I
 Digital Print
Size Framed: 470mm x 320mm

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French Fields II
 Digital Print
Size Framed: 470mm x 320mm

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