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Celia Olsson

Celia Olsson
Phone:01837 82796
Address: Little Linhay, Bondleigh, North Tawton, EX20 2AJ.

Artist's Profile

Celia Olsson

Exhibitions and Events
Rosemoor RHS Gardens – In the Mix
Art in the Heart of Devon
North Devon Festival Arts and Craft Fair, Barnstaple
Burton Art Galley, Bideford - (Westward Ho & Bideford Art Society)
Chagford – annual art group exhibition
Burton Art Galley, Bideford
Art in the Heart of Devon
Okehampton Museum - Dartmoor Myths & Legends
Bideford Festival Art and Craft fair
Chagford – annual art group exhibition
Burton Art Galley, Bideford – annual Christmas exhibition
Broomhill Arts Hotel – New Year New Work
The Plough Arts Centre
Chagford – annual art group exhibition
Rosemoor Autumn and Christmas Arts and Craft fairs
Arlington St Michael’s Day fair
Eggesford Autumn Art and Craft fair
Burton Art Gallery, Bideford – annual Christmas exhibition
2009 (attended and proposed)
Broomhill Arts Hotel – New Year New Work
Bath and West Show – Shepton Mallet
Broomhill Arts Hotel – Square Picture Show
Exeter Contemporary Open
Chagford – annual art group exhibition
The Royal West of England Academy open exhibition – Bristol
Christmas Arts Fair – South Molton
Burton Art Galley, Bideford – annual Christmas exhibition
Open Studio Events
North Devon Art Trek – June 2007
Devon Art Works – September 2007
North Devon Art Trek – June 2008

Artist's Statement

Celia is a mostly self taught artist inspired by the colours and textures of the landscape around her.  She paints in a loose style mainly using watercolour and acrylic ink because of the wonderful choice of vibrant colours, but also experiments with other media to get various texture effects.  She says watercolour is such an exciting media because you never know how it will turn out.
She loves the rugged wildness of Dartmoor, especially in the autumn and winter when it is takes on hues of russet and gold with hints of bronze and purple.  She also enjoys painting the mountainous landscape, red and ochre earth colours and vivid flowers of the Mani in southern Greece. As on Dartmoor, she spends a lot of time in the landscape, walking and sketching through the olive groves and along the old mule tracks to the mountain villages.
In fact, Celia has her sketching equipment with her all the time: terrified atop the London Eye, wondering the streets of Paris, struggling up a Bulgarian mountain, relaxing in a Greek harbour-side taverna, waiting for trains, planes and buses, and of course when she is walking nearer to home.  Celia began exhibiting and selling in 2005 at exhibitions in Devon. Reproductions of her paintings are for sale in a range of cards and prints at local venues and art fairs.  Her paintings have been bought by people in this area and further afield, as far as New York, Uganda and Australia.
In addition, Celia leads painting activities for residents in retirement homes emphasising the fun of painting and is in the process of setting up some outside sketching sessions.  The aim is to encourage people to record their immediate responses to the landscape around them in quick sketches, without letting the ‘rules’ get in the way of creativity.
She also accepts commissions.