Deborah Skinner was born in Minnesota in 1944, and grew up in Cambridge Massachusetts. She currently resides in London England. A master printer and draftsman, Skinner began her study of fine art at Boston University, where in 1967 she earned a B.A. in Art History. She continued the study of art in Europe focusing on studio art, particularly drawing and painting. In Florence Italy, 1968-69, Skinner added the art of mosiacs to her study. And, in London England at The City and Guilds of London Art School 1969-72 she developed her interests in printmaking, specializing in etching. Skinner completed fine art Graduate Studies in 1973-75 at Vancouver School of Design, and direclty therereafter returned to London where she established her fine art professional career.
In subject matter and stylistic expression, Deborah Skinner's art has been and remains strongly inspired by the geometric style of the farmland and winding roads of the British Landscape. Also, her work seems influenced by early childhood experiences. -- Her father was the world famous psychologist B.F. Skinner who invented the Skinner 'Baby Box' which became popular for a time in the 50's and 60's. Deborah's sleeping space, during the first 2 1/2 years of her life, was the Skinner 'Air Crib', also known as a ' baby tender' or, humorously as an 'heir crib', which her father designed for her. Her early years and experiences were written written about in medical journals, world newspapers, and popular magazines such as America's Life Magazine and Ladies Home Journal. Deborah describes this sleeping space as a wonderful environment, spacious with a large window/door that gives a better view of the world than the bars of a cot/crib. Air Cribs, of some fashion, are still used to this day. Criticism as well as predicitions and tales of dire consequences are not supported by research or other current documented material.
Deborah Skinner art has sold widely at
galleries in North America and Britain. Solo and group exhibitions include
The Royal Summer Exhibition; The Royal Society of Painters-Etchiners,
Limited Editions; L'Angle Aigu (Brussels); The Camden Art Centre England;
and The Barbican. Ms. Skinner's esoteric art is recognized by the Royal
Society of Painter-Etchers and the Royal Academy, where Skinner has exhibited
extensively. The Arts Club in Vancouver, Studio Galleries in London and
Hampstead also have exhibited her work. Among prizes awarded for her unique
talent is the Graphics Prize, from Vancouver's Event Magazine.
Skinner's work first captured international
audiences in 1976 when Anima Graphics, later known as London Contemporary
Art Gallery, exhibited her work at the first American International Art
Fair, in Washington D.C. Subsequently her work has been displayed at USA
Artexpo, in New York and California.
Landscapes in the etchings below, although representing
British countryside, are timeless expressions of universal space. These
landscapes are expanses that reach far beyond actual representations.
Ms. Skinner's unique use of line and space create mystery in which images
appear to reflect themselves, folding inwards and outwards. As though
reflected onto interior dressing room screens these landscape views seem
to pass through glass. The compositions are reminescent of prisms and
mosaics - apparent important aspects integrated into Deborah Skinner's
world vision. Stylistically, Deborah Skinner's work
handsomely blends good design and perfected printmaking skills.
Contact us to see other Skinner work, including Cheltons and British Plane Fields.
Bisson: British Landscapes.
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