Never a Dull Moment
During covid lockdown I was busy with commissions throughout and then as soon as lockdown was over there were several months of nothing! Being the summer months every one was focusing on Holidays here in Britain ofcourse. You never know what’s round the corner but it was a very good run painting from home whilst it lasted. Having said that, I was bursting to get out and back in the Studio which I love!
Wimbledon Art Studio’s is the most wonderful community you could wish for. The office staff are fabulous and many have been there for over 10 years like myself. There is a small established group of around 25 of us Artists who have been there forever and we often have lunch together in the sunshine outdoors when we can.
So… back to work….
2020 was a very fruitful year with a record number of paintings sold and I was truly grateful.
My Jungle scenes continue to be in demand but I have entered 2021 wanting a change by going into pastel coloured vegetation rather than the deep dark greens of the rainforest; still keeping my leopards and tigers as predominant features.
Deforestation, poaching and our endangered wildlife have been very much on my mind during lockdown hence the wildlife jungle paintings…
2019 was a great success. Almost every original painting of mine sold and they were all large pieces with beautiful frames. Jayne Rumsey from Ioana House Gallery was a huge part of this and I am very grateful to be in partnership with her.
There was also the launch of my limited edition Giclee prints on outstanding quality museum paper by the best printer in the country. I have been pleasantly surprised to see these taking off both through my website and the gallery…
The last year and a half, since my Solo Exhibition in Earlscourt, I have worked non stop on commissions till end of January this year.
All a joy to do and at times most challenging but nevertheless unique one off pieces as usual!
The one I’m most proud of is one I cannot disclose fully as it is for a future poster for a film called Garden of Eden based on the life of Ernest Hemingway. However I can give you snippets which you will find by clicking here:
2017 was a monumental year! I got married in July to my fabulous soulmate Algie who I had got to know over a period of three years before we went up the Isle! We actually met in the church we still attend St Augustines in South Kensington and got married there.
I then had the largest one woman Exhibition I have ever had in Earlscourt in October. 2 years of work and it was amazing!
Sold lots more paintings and officially launched Daphne Lorenzo Lamps. These are all one off very quirky unusual Lamp made with lost and found objects and vintage collectibles. I design theatrical opulent lampshades to match. They went down a storm. See the video (right) of the evening if you have 5 mins.
Since the Exhibition, I have been working on various commissions.
One went to Singapore, one went to Lebanon and another to Dubai. All for one lovely client.
I also did an Indonesian Wedding for another client and friend.
Recently I have been fortunate to work on a commission for a Poster of a Film, based on one of Ernest Hemingways books, which I hope to have finished at the end of August. It is huge! Lots of exotic foliage, fruit, vegetation and the sea amongst other things. All the things I love to paint!
Then, I will be concentrating on smaller paintings to exhibit at the November Wimbledon Art Studios annual Exhibition along with some new lamps.
Feel very blessed!
Daphne Stephenson has spent a year and a half preparing for this exclusive Exhibition. She is well known for her Primitive Naive style of Folk and Visionary Art but is bringing in a surprising new twist. The launch of a unique collection of theatrical flamboyant lamps made with lost and found objects and vintage collectables along side her paintings. This Exhibition promises to be not only exciting but inspiring and thought provoking.
Daphne has always been in love with Tropical scenes, Birds of Paradise and Lush Vegetation. Influenced by her early years living abroad, inspired by extensive travels through India and Africa and having lived and spent much time in Europe, she brings an eclectic mix of different cultures and backgrounds into every area of her work with an air of charm, wit and sophistication.
She has been particularly influenced by her time in the Bahamas, Bermuda, The Seychelles and Jamaica and this is evident in her Island paintings in the show.
“I love to create beautiful things that can transform and a space and give a room a complete facelift ”
The Exhibition ‘Let There be Light’ is only showing for just over a week from the 13th to the 22nd October. The Gallery will be open from 1pm to 8pm after the Preview night.
238 Old Brompton Gallery, Old Brompton Rd, Earlscourt SW5 ODE.
I have spent the last year and half painting and working towards a One Woman Show with one thing in mind.
To promote Gods Truth, Love and Glory in my work and therefore transfer a little bit of his goodness and wonder into the world.
I even got married in July 2017 to a wonderful Jamaican to my complete surprise and everyone else’s!
My best friend in the world!!
It’s no surprise we married, because I have always been in love with painting Caribean and Tropical Scenes, Birds, and Lush vegetarian. Influenced by my early years living in Pakistan and my extensive travels through India and Africa, I always marvelled at the beauty of nature in these places and in particular my times in the Bahamas, Bermuda, The Seychelles and Jamaica. Always trying to capture and share some of the magical world we live in.
I thank God for the gifts and talents and support he has given me without which all this would not have been possible.
It has not always been easy as I have had to weave my way through various bouts of ill health and have had to give in many a time, but I have got here bit by bit one step at a time and won’t give up.
With love and blessings
I have had a lot of trouble trying to get this Island scene right! Never have I had to come back to any painting so much to get the balance of colours right. The island was green before but I have changed that now. Even the frame colour has been changed three times and is about to be changed again!!
In the end I took it down to the kitchen common room at Wimbledon Art studios and put it on the wall there for a general consensus of opinion from my fellow artists! Well, I’m glad to say, I’m happy with it now and my website designer and a few others really love it, so I’m a happy bunny. I can’t sell anything I don’t like or doesn’t sit well with me but we got there in the end.
It’s going to transform someone’s room and lift the atmosphere there completely.
April 2012 Update
Since the mixed exhibition in October with my three sisters there have been continuing commissions and sales related to our exhibition which have exceeded all our expectations. I am so pleased to have a handful of clients that collect my work.
I gave the months of January, February and March to designing, editing and producing The Association of Britsh Naives book on behalf of all our members along with Judy Joel. A lot of hard work but worth it all. Hopefully we will be able to publish our work in a series of books once every two or three years with our wonderful printers The Colourhouse.
I had a long awaited for family holiday in India after Christmas which gave me the energy to produce the book and if that wasn’t enough, I have just come back from almost a month in The Seychelles painting and working with the church a bit. All paid for by the way. Spoiled beyond belief! So now I am off to Devon, to oversee an exhibition with The Association of British Naives at Delamore House. They have put on exhibitions for 10 years and this year we are their guests of honour. They expect 10,000 people to walk through the doors over the month of May. How exciting. We will also be launching our book and the press will be coming and doing some big features. An auctioneer recently advised people on the radio to invest in Naive Art because he reckons it IS the new genre which we believe in too.
Bye for now,