"My paintings are an expression of a playful world I never had. Somehow I missed
my childhood, went straight into marriage and motherhood and much of the fun
in life seemed to pass me by. Now, as I sit and work in my studio, I can take my
most excessive imaginings for a walk in complete safety and do all the naughty
things I might like to have done."
In Out of the Blue we are introduced to a fascinating visual world created by one of our
most exciting and intriguing British artists, Rosa Sepple. Yet behind her playful scenes
and cheerful characters is a darker narrative echoing the artistís own life, a picture of childhood
upheaval, beset in later years by depression and a debilitating condition diagnosed
as trigeminal neuralgia.
Against this background we are brought to discover greater meaning
to Rosaís seeming light hearted and flirtatious images, transporting her work from its
apparent naive status into paintings that contain far more depth than first meets the eye.
It is this aspect of the artistís work that Adrian Hill explores in his Introduction to this
book. Based on interviews with the artist he teases out some of the mysteries behind the
images, exploring the nature of art therapy as it applies both to the individual and in its
wider social context, revealing an insight into Rosaís work that allows us to see the tears
behind the wide smiles of her characters.
Adrian Hill is the third generation of his family behind two of East Angliaís most successful and well-known
art galleries, Picturecraft of Holt and Adrian Hill Fine Art. From here many artists have begun successful
careers, returning again and again to exhibit at these premier locations.
Both Adrian and his father have
also contributed to a number of publications helping to promote those whose work they exhibit and bringing
to the public a deeper appreciation of the artistís world.
This volume is one of a series of art books published by Halstar in association
with Picturecraft Gallery.
Imprint: Halstar. ISBN 978 1 906690 58 8, hardback, 260x270mm, 144 pages. Published August 2015.