Prue Bishop has studied the Alpine landscapes of Europe for almost four decades, centred on the eastern part of France and extending into neighbouring Switzerland and Italy.
Very early in these studies she became interested in the travels through this region by a number of 19th century artists, notably JMW Turner. Her close study of the paintings and drawings of these artists became the point from which she eventually developed her unique Sculptural Watercolour genre. She combines a special way of applying water and pigment to paper with then cutting and forming the paper to add sculptural relief.
Her selection and use of pigments comes from considerable experimentation, taking her technique into entirely new territory.
Her artwork covers the full range from abstract to representational. Every work has a clear origin and subject and each is best studied by the viewer engaging in a process of interaction.
One of the important strands in her work is her strong sense of innovative design that is apparent everywhere in her life. She started out as a Registered Industrial Designer, then a teacher, lecturer and mother, before picking up once more on her childhood love of watercolour painting passed on from her grandfather.
Many have expressed surprise when viewing flat prints of her artwork that an illusion of the third dimension is so often retained. Nevertheless, one should view the original Sculptural Watercolours to fully appreciate their uniqueness.
So far she has covered the Chartreuse Mountains in France, Chamonix Mont Blanc and into the Aosta Valley as well as a large part of Switzerland. Planned work will both revisit these locations and add new ones. Alpine landscapes are central to a great deal of her work.
Through her Sculptural Watercolours and associated lectures, she wishes to bring the exciting world of 21st century watercolour not only to artists, but more broadly to those that wish to experience art centred on tradition, skill, intellect, interaction and innovation.