(British, b. 1950)
Felicity House is a versatile British artist whose work ranges widely in subject matter and medium, as well as technique and approach. She works largely in pastels, but also in oils, charcoal and watercolor. Her subjects range from figures and still lifes, from landscapes to intricate interiors.
House was born in Kent in 1950, and had a passion for drawing starting at an early age. She studied in Bristol, and taught in primary schools from 1972-2000, when she gave up teaching to concentrate on developing her own art. In 1985, she moved to Dorset to study Illustration and Fine Art at the Art Institute at Bournemouth, where she now teaches life drawing. House’s background in figure drawing has greatly influenced her career. She was introduced to pastels during a watercolor course, and became quickly interested in the drawing aspects of pastels, as well as the capability to apply color without the use of a brush. In discussing pastels, House noted the following: “I liked working with them straight away because I have always loved drawing, and in a way pastels are drawing with color. You are holding a drawing tool; there’s no brush between you and the color, and I was used to that.”
House enjoys making instinctive and spontaneous works directly from the subject. The paintings remain as fresh responses in their own right. She studies figures, both clothed and unclothes, and is interested in intricate patterns and details. Her drawings and tonal studies are often developed in the studio, edited into abstracted watercolor landscapes while always retaining the essence of a place. There is a clean simplicity about her compositions.
House regularly exhibits at the RWA annual exhibition Bristol; and in London with the Pastel Society, the New English Art club, the Royal Institute of Watercolour painters and at the Discerning Eye exhibition. She is a member of the Pastel Society and serves on the Council. House has been recognized with numerous awards from the Pastel Society, along with the Discerning Eye (the Meynell Fenton Award) and the New English Art Club (the St. Cuthbert’s Mill Award).