artist’s perspective of The Nativity Story
bureau commissioned local artist Frances Lemmon to create a modern
interpretation of the nativity story, as described in the Biblical gospels of
Matthew and Luke. Frances’ bold and contemporary images depict some well-known
scenes, including Mary giving birth to Jesus in a stable, surrounded by
animals, and the Wise Men – or Magi – following a star in the night sky which
leads them to Jesus’s birthplace.
Frances Lemmon is
a Guernsey artist who studied at Camberwell School of Art, Sir John Cass and
London College of Printing. She has worked in many private and public
collections but this is her first stamp commission and the first time she has
illustrated a religious story.
Her usual style of
painting is slow and layered, building up what I like to think of as emotion in
an image. With these stamp illustrations she tried to channel nostalgia with
the colours and icons instead. Frances’ style is bold and bright, sometimes
called quirky and often thought of as impressionistic style. Her first foray into illustrating
a religious story her work always looks to a spiritual focus and the search for
the perfect layout.