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Victoria Stanway

"I grew up in Nelson, Lancashire, an economy dependent on the cotton mills, where virtually all my relatives worked at some stage in their lives.
Geographically developed in a basin, the rows of back to back terraced houses were built on the steep hills and troughs, the horizon was high. As a child, walking home from school, we weaved our way home through the maze of back streets, mill yards and industrial wastelands, often encountering 'weirdo's and 'perverts', but this was normal to us.

This series of work attempts to express these memories. The claustrophobic space of the terraces, strange things lurking in the cobbled back streets.
Retreating to the luminous and expansive countryside only to find other unsettling experiences."


Born in Nelson, Lancashire 1971

Exhibited in the following venues:
Oxford Times Gallery of Artists (2004)
Taurus Gallery (2005)
Art 2,
The Mill Arts Centre,
Banbury Museum (2005)

Victoria attended art school 16 years ago, but didnít pursue it at degree level choosing instead to study film. After a long absence she felt the compulsion to create again. After enrolling on some life drawing classes a couple of years ago her artistic confidence slowly developed and she began painting more from the imagination.

Victoria has been working on her main body of work entitled Landscapes of the Mind, based on her childhood memories of growing up in a Lancashire mill town. These paintings start off as vague doodles, not planned out on paper, left to naturally evolve. Building up layer after layer of acrylic paint to get an ethereal and dreamlike feel to the painting. Having started on this trail, Victoria plans to continue working on this series, together with her portrait and figurative work.