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The Shadow Followers

Published Monday 30 January 2012

Detail from The Shadow Followers Copyright Pip Dickens

From Kashmir to Yorkshire: Leeds artist Pip Dickens turns historic shawls into art

Come along to see the new exhibition at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, showing new paintings and works on paper commissioned from the contemporary artist Pip Dickens.

Drawing inspiration from the Michael Sadler Kashmir Shawl Collection at ULITA (University of Leeds International Textile Archive - in St Wilfred's Chapel next to the Business School), Dickens develops the Kashmiri "boteh" motif from these exotic fabrics, creating entities heavy with shadow, and placed within dramatic environments. These motifs traverse the canvas - sometimes together, sometimes alone. Her work fuses the theatrical and the fantastic with the colour, surface texture, repetition and shape of the textiles.

The Gallery entrance is in the Parkinson Court, and the exhibition is free for all and runs from 10.00-17.00 Monday-Saturday, until 14 April.

Image © Pip Dickens, "The Shadow Followers" (detail), 2011, oil on canvas, reproduced with permission