Elizabeth Akehurst

About the Artist

Elizabeth Akehurst graduated with a first class degree in mathematics from the University of Kent in 1972 and continued postgraduate studies at Cambridge and Newcastle. However, a strong interest in painters and paintings has always formed an integral part of Elizabeth’s life.

Following a short career in full-time teaching and starting a family, she began to explore painting. Elizabeth then exhibited regularly in the early 1990s. She taught art for a number of years and acted as Medway Co-ordinator for South East Open Studios before setting aside these commitments to concentrate on painting.

Her art always draws on particular experiences, such as meals with friends, watching builders and decorators at work or going to concerts.

Landscapes are inspired by the Medway area which combines mudflats, reed-beds and industry. Elizabeth also paints the Shropshire and Norfolk countryside or from sitting in the gardens of friends.

The paintings arise slowly out of a long period of work. Initially rapid, preliminary studies are made in pen, ink or watercolour. The sketches, which are 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, gouache or collage works.

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 from a birds-eye view perspective. Paint is applied using a range of brushes, rollers or even a 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 is created in planes; drawing the paint forwards or backwards animates the surface.

The paintings are worked over many times as the artist moves from one piece to another,  experimenting with different forms until some element of that original event has been captured. 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.

Night Boats I
Oil on Paper
Size Framed: 295mm x 315mm
POA

Boats II
Oil on Paper
Size Framed: 305mm x 285mm
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Boats at Night III
Oil on Canvas
Size Framed: 570mm x 470mm
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Family Group
Oil on canvas covered board
Size Framed: 375mm x 380mm
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Mother and Child
Oil on canvas covered board
Size Framed: 310mm x 405mm
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Looking
Oil on Panel
Size Framed: 350mm x 470mm
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Babe in Arms I
Oil on canvas covered board
Size Framed: 405mm x 385mm
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Babe in Arms II
Oil on canvas covered board
Size Framed: 610mm x 595mm
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Family at the Table
Oil on Panel
Size Framed: 365mm x 520mm
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Springtime I
Oil on Paper
Size Framed: 580mm x 520mm
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Springtime II
Oil on Canvas
Size Framed: 580mm x 590mm
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Tree in May II
Oil on Canvas
Size Framed: 750mm x 600mm
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Boats at Night I
Oil on canvas
Size Framed: 510mm x 610mm
SOLD

Boats at Night II
Oil on Canvas
Size Framed: 605mm x 600mm
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Boats in the Early Morning
Oil on Canvas
Size Framed: 755mm x 600mm
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October Landscape
Oil on Paper
Size Framed: 1090mm x 840mm
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River Medway, Frosty Morning

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

Etruscan Bowls
Oil on Paper
Size Framed: 915mm x 590mm
SOLD

The Etruscan Bowl
Oil on Canvas
Size Framed: 540mm x 440mm
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Edge of the Water 1

Edge of the Water I
Oil on Canvas
Size Unframed: 510mm x 405mm
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Edge of the Water 2

Edge of the Water II
Oil on Paper
Size Framed: 530mm x 580mm
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Medway Jetty
Oil on Canvas
Size Unframed: 510mm x 510mm
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Towers

Towers
Oil on Canvas
Size Unframed: 600mm x 750mm
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Bird Bath, Early Morning

Bird Bath, Early Morning
Oil on Paper
Size Framed: 550mm x 380mm
SOLD

The Garden Bowl
Oil on Paper
Size Framed: 485mm x 785mm
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Dusk

Dusk
Oil on Paper
Size Framed: 310mm x 320mm
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spring garden stonacre 3

Spring Garden, Stoneacre III
Oil on Paper
Size Framed: 930mm x 740mm
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Palm Tree
Oil on Paper
Size Framed: 280mm x 340mm
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Brickmaking II
Oil on Paper
Size Framed: 970mm x 820mm
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Brickmaking I

Oil on Paper
Size Framed: 1000mm x 810mm
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field pattern, pilgrims way

Field Pattern
Oil on Canvas
Size Unframed: 610mm x 1220mm
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Land and Sea
Oil on Canvas
Size Unframed: 600mm x 700mm
SOLD

October evening II
Oil on Paper
Size Framed: 840mm x 470mm
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Men at Work
Oil on Board
Size Framed: 740mm x 590mm
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landscape, summer evening

Landscape Summer Evening
Oil on Paper
Size Framed: 640mm x 460mm
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Landscape Summer Morning
Oil on Paper
Size Framed: 610mm x 500mm
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palm tree - botella

Palm Tree – Botella
Oil on Board
Size Unframed: 600mm x 800mm
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L588 Garden by the Sea

Garden by the Sea
Oil on Canvas
Size Unframed: 910mm x 1220mm
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L587 In a Summer Garden

In a Summer Garden
Oil on Canvas
Size Unframed: 910mm x 1220mm
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spanish garden 1

Spanish Garden I
Oil on Canvas
Size Unframed: 915mm x 610mm
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in the shade

In the Shade
Oil on Board
Size Unframed: 360mm x 500mm
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by the river bank
By The River Bank

Oil on Canvas
Size Unframed: 655mm x 655mm
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