Julia Sorrell is the first artist to be awarded the ACE Foundation TravelArt Award which allows artists to travel across cultural boundaries to create new works of art. With its striking geological features and archaeological remains, Orkney proved a rich subject for Sorrell’s artistic preoccupations. Her sensitive interpretation of its coastline and prehistoric structures has produced a fine series of paintings with a wonderful interplay between form and feeling.
Living in her van and a survival floatation suit for five weeks, Sorrell’s visit to Orkney followed in the footsteps of her father, Alan Sorrell, best remembered for his archaeological reconstruction drawings.
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