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"Genève - Geneva" - fortified city state
Sculptural Watercolour® in a box frame 61 x 81 x 7 cm

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Current Artwork

Prue Bishop has studied the Alpine landscapes of Europe for almost four decades, centred mainly on her home near Geneva: Switzerland, France (Savoy and Grenoble) and Italy (Aosta and Piedmont), and beyond.

Very early in these studies she became interested in the travels through this region by 18th and 19th century artists such as 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 then cutting and forming it to add sculptural relief and arrive at a unified picture.

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, wife and mother, before picking up once more her childhood love of watercolour painting passed on from her grandfather; giving this a 21st century development. She designed her own house, garden and studio too.

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.

Following on from early success with a Mediterranean Impressions series and The Fury of Etna, she is now completing an extensive 'exhibition series' of Alpine Sculptural Watercolours that has taken more than a decade of travel, study, experimentation and application to accomplish.

Through her Sculptural Watercolour® 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.

Spin-off Research

In the process of studying locations for her Sculptural Watercolour® paintings, Prue Bishop has recognised the subjects of many JMW Turner works for the first time. To this task too, she has brought her usual impressive thoroughness, studying at first hand around 2000 of his sketches and watercolours from the Turner Bequest that this foremost of European artists left to us: the public. Her research papers bring an artist's insight into what is normally the preserve of the art historian.

Publication: The results of her Turner 1802 Chartreuse research are published in the Summer 2015 issue of the British Art Journal. Included are many photographs comparing Turner's sketches with the same scenes today. The subjects of several sketches are identified for the first time, along with where he stayed and his precise route.

Publication: Spring 2016 issue of The British Art Journal. For the first time, firm dates are dug out of the Heidelberg, Basle and Baden City Archives for the Northern Part of JMW Turner's 1844 Swiss Tour, including a surprising finding that he spent a week in Baden Switzerland in a topmost spa-hotel. Furthermore, a solution to a 174-year-old rhyming riddle is suggested that Turner left in one of his sketches that refers to a book highlighting the shortcomings of certain Oxford University students - that could be interpreted as something of a put-down for the then recently-graduated John Ruskin.

Publication: In the March 2018 issue of The British Art Journal, Prue Bishop reports on two years of study either side of the Mont Cenis Pass between France and Italy, strongly suggesting a re-titling of a late Turner master-oil-painting from Heidelberg Germany to Susa Italy.

She has also uncovered additional firm dates and other facts about Turner's Continental travels that could be published.

Summaries of her published research findings are here.


This is a non-commercial web site based in the United Kingdom. Prue Bishop's artwork and reseach are undertaken independently of any agency, gallery, public or private entity. Her views are entirly her own.

Ceci est un site Web non-commercial basé au Royaume-Uni.

Please contact us should you wish to publicly exhibit a selection of Prue Bishop's Sculptural Watercolour® paintings.

Archived by The British Library in the United Kingdom and The Internet Archive in the USA.

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