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Meet the Artist – Lucie Wake.

How on earth do you start to introduce somebody you have never met? All of our other previous ‘Meet the Artist’ victims have had to suffer my inquisitive and often personal questions; but once again Covid 19 sticks its most unwelcome nose into our lives and prevents me meeting one of our newest members.    Lucie Wake is not ashamed to tell me that most of her early life was spent wearing a swimming ‘Cossie’ and that was a big clue enabling me to suspect that she might be a Yorkshire lass because only Yorkshire lassies wear ‘cossies’!   So despite being born in Malta G.C. to a father serving in the RAF she must have Yorkshire blood coursing in her veins? A more obvious clue to her ancestry was the fact that she was boarded at The Mount School in York for seven years. But the best clue of all is her remark that she loved being covered in clay!! Can’t you just hear her mother calling her a ‘reet mucky pup’?

York Tech College followed her schooling and from there a choice of University found her in Wolverhampton to take her degree in Ceramic design. Now how really strange that is; quite unwittingly, and obviously unknowingly, Lucie is following in the footsteps of our previous ‘meet the artist’ star Angie McAll? There has to be something about the midlands and ceramics that acts like a magnet to artistically motivated people and Lucie is certainly that.

Having graduated in Ceramic design Lucie took the daring plunge into running her own design business producing mugs and T- shirts with the help of an award from the Princes’ Youth Business Trust and started her business. But it was not long before the distant calls of Yorkshire brought her home.

Lucie lives in York with her husband Jon and is the mother of Millie her ‘live wire’ daughter and Oscar her son who is now busy facing the challenges of GCSE.  On returning to York, and having been diagnosed herself several years previously with MS, was perhaps her motivation for setting up the York MS society and over four years she was able to build up a group of around two hundred and fifty people with MS; an achievement of which she is rightly very proud. Lucie readily admits that “arty people are my tribe” and chatting to Lucie did leave me with the distinct impression that she is indeed a chatty and friendly soul; she is a warm and cheerful person and I would have thought one those who can be counted on to bring sunshine into other people’s lives.

Whilst Lucie remains genuinely ambitious for her art she now feels the need for a buddy or mentor to help her move forward in the art world but not necessarily with her art; as she herself says “I joined Sue Clayton’s portrait classes which I continue with but I am new to exhibitions, galleries and the like and I need to learn the about the ‘business side’ of art. That is one of the reasons that I joined The York Art Society.” again Lucie says “I really do miss chatting to people, I have everything to learn and hopefully make new friends”.  If any member is sufficiently au fait with Galleries and exhibiting or confidence building please get in touch with me and I will pass on her details to you. Now there is a challenge for our society!

Art in 1921

by Richard Bell

York Art Society was founded in 1921.  Planning for it had begun in 1920, only two years after the end of the Great War – “The War to end all wars”.  The aftermath of the Great War must have been a strange time.  There was the Spanish Flu’ pandemic.  The Great War was over and our side had won but at huge cost to life and limb.  There were War memorials were in every town and village because people wanted to remember.  People also wanted to recover and find ways to get on with their lives and look forward to a brighter future.  1921 was the start of the decade which became known as “The Roaring Twenties” and “The Jazz Age”.

The art world played its part, reflecting a similar range of feelings and hopes.  On Armistice Day, as a sign of Peace, Claude Monet offered his wonderful water lily paintings to the French state. They now hang in the Orangerie in Paris.  York Art School taught painting as therapy for soldiers returning traumatised from the War.  It also taught skills like signwriting and painting and decorating to help people find work.  Artists all over the world were seeking ways to develop their art in new, exciting, and sometimes controversial, directions.

This is a list of some of the famous artists, sculptors, potters etc, young and old, who were alive in 1921.

Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) 

Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954)

Pablo Picasso (1881- 1973)

Georges Braque  (1882 – 1963)

Salvador Dali (1904 -1989)

Edvard Munch (1863 – 1944)

Constantin Brancusi (1876 – 1957)

Walter Sickert (1860- 1942)

Gwen John (1876 – 1939)

Augustus John (1878 – 1961)

Stanley Spencer (1891 – 1959)

Paul Nash (1889 – 1946)

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986)


Edwin Ridsdale Tate (1862 – 1922) 

Henry Moore (1898 – 1986)

Jacob Epstein (1880 – 1959)

Barbara Hepworth (1903 – 1975)

The Scottish Colourists

FCB Cadell (1883 – 1937)

JD Ferguson (1874 – 1961),

SJ Peploe (1871- 1935)

GL Hunter (1877 – 1931)

Dame Laura Knight (1877 – 1970)

Ben Nicholson (1894 – 1982)

L S Lowry (1887 -1976)

David Bomberg (1890 – 1957)

William Moorcroft (1872 – 1945)

Suzie Cooper (1902 – 1995)

Readers will recognise most of the names on my list and you will probably have other names to add to your own lists.