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Sue Prince
Beechenhill Farm, Ilam,
Ashbourne, Derbyshire
Tel: +44 (0)1335 310467

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Hard Grey Weather
107 x 46cm egg tempera on real gesso on linen 2005. Showing the filthy weather we sometimes get, where farming continues, day and night! The words are from Ode to the North East Wind by Charles Kingsley 1858....More >>

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Sue Prince - Contemporary British Folk Artist

Telling Stories of people and their places

Contemporary British folk artist creating narrative paintings in traditional egg tempera (inspired by Swedish folk art)- it's like folk music only paint! On an organic farm in the Peak District National Park UK.
Sue tells stories, responding to current events, celebrating rural life and commenting on our society. She makes her own egg tempera paint, a technique learned in Sweden where she has helped revive this form in its native place. For her, living on her family's organic farm, this art form is as natural and organic as she can get. She see the world around her and following in ancient footsteps she interprets what she sees in the way it's been done for centuries. 

Sue Prince Artist Next Event:

at the Devonshire Dome, Buxton on Friday 21st, 22nd and 23rd July

The splendid showcase of Peak District Artisans; over 50 artists and makers, in the impressive Devonshire Dome in Buxton, during the Buxton International Festival.  Browse and buy from the artists and enjoy talks and demos.
Peak District Artisans at the Nicholson 29th July to 26th August 2017
An eclectic exhibition of some of the region's leading artists and makers at the Nicholson Institute on Leek.

Folk Art Painting Workshops
Beginners Folk Art Painting Workshop, St John Street Gallery Ashbourne, Monday 20th November 2017

Sue Prince Artist Folk art Painting workshop

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Derbyshire Open Arts at Beechenhill Farm:

Late May Bank Holiday 27th - 29th May 10.30 to 5.00

Meet the Artists at Beechenhill Farm; ten members of Peak District Artisans show their wonderful work in the lovely warm Haybarn.  Enjoy coffee and cake at the Arts Café (proceeds to Wetton and Alstonefield First Responders and Friends of the Peak District)

Thank you!

It has been so lovely to see customers and visitors at the various events I have attended- thank you for your friendly faces!

Modern Myths and Legends

I want to tell stories in the way they have always been told, particularly now in our digital age. Who celebrates our modern stories so we ordinary people can feel part of them, and take part in them?

Swedish Style Egg Tempera painting

Recording daily lives and paying respect to how people live in their places, whether rural or urban is what fascinates me. I use egg tempera paints, in a Swedish Folk Art tradition of Bonad painting. Doing this with ancient and organic materials; egg yolk and earth pigments gives my work integrity but is also a process that I am obsessed with.

Reviving the old Swedish skill of Bonad Painting

One bonad, several 'bonader': decorative wall hangings in Swedish. I produce Swedish style folk art with homemade egg tempera on linens or canvas. This style of painting died out in the 1800s and I am instrumental in its revival in Sweden, where I teach classes every summer.

Grinding Pigments and Gesso

I can't begin to tell you the gorgeous feel of the silky egg tempera paint as it glides on to the gesso surface (I can show you if you come on a course, though). It is a beautiful sensation to grind the pigments- each one has a different consistency and character, Titanium white is creamy and robust, yellow ochre is a little grittier and raw and burnt umber are smooth like chocolate sauce. It just feels like a huge privilege to have discovered this technique and be allowed to practice.

Organic Art from an Organic Farm in a National Park

I am a rural artist, working at Beechenhill Farm, my family's organic dairy farm, in the beautiful Peak District National Park in the centre of rural England. I belong to Peak District Artisans who celebrate individual creativity and collective excellence.

My Values

I believe in:

  • Integrity - using skill and pure materials, true to the tradition
  • Honesty - listening hard and telling the stories I'm told
  • Respect - acknowledging the sources of my inspiration and knowledge
  • Quality - the best materials, linens and frames
  • Service - the best possible customer experience
  • Sustainability - reducing my impact on the environment


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