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Harleston-based artist Lisa Henshall has work displayed across London to promote the Affordable Art Fair



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The work of a Harleston-based artist has been seen by more than 20 million people after it was selected as the centrepiece of a London art fair.

Lisa Henshall’s piece, titled Peaceful, has been emblazoned all over billboards, bus stops and tube stations across the capital as part of a marketing campaign to promote the Affordable Art Fair, in Battersea Park, where it was also exhibited.

Lisa, who spent her childhood visiting family in London, said she was left in disbelief after seeing her work displayed all across the city.

Lisa's work has was seen on bus stops and billboards across London in the lead-up to the Affordable Art Fair. Picture: Lisa Henshall (55594756)
Lisa's work has was seen on bus stops and billboards across London in the lead-up to the Affordable Art Fair. Picture: Lisa Henshall (55594756)

“It was just completely incredible,” said the 44-year-old. “My mum was born in London and I’ve got so many early memories of going to the city.

“Back then, it would have been hard to imagine being able to go to one of these fairs, let alone being on the poster. Coming from my background, it’s such a privilege.

“I felt it was too good to be true. Right until I was standing in London, looking at one of the posters, I thought it wouldn’t happen.”

On Friday, Lisa travelled down to Battersea Park with her partner, Steve Mullen, 54, and daughter Grace Molenaar, 19, to see her work on display alongside 17 more of her pieces.

The picture, titled 'Peaceful', was selected to promote the event. Picture: Lisa Henshall (55594758)
The picture, titled 'Peaceful', was selected to promote the event. Picture: Lisa Henshall (55594758)

Her abstract paintings use acrylic on canvas, linen or wooden panels, often taking inspiration from domestic and landscape settings.

“There’s an emotional side to them,” she said. “They are very spontaneous and joyous, colourful and sensual.”

The mother-of-three, who works as an art teacher at Archbishop Sancroft High School, in Harleston, added: “I feel unbelievable gratitude to everybody involved for letting me take part and supporting my artwork.

Lisa has been producing her work out of her studio in Harleston. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2022.
Lisa has been producing her work out of her studio in Harleston. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2022.

“The school has allowed me to be passionate about teaching and maintain the integrity of my artistic process, and my students were so supportive – they all wanted to come with me.”

Lisa’s work will also be on display at her studio in London Road, Harleston, during the final two weekends of May, as part of the Harleston and Waveney Art Trail and at The Ballroom Gallery Aldeburgh in August with Artdog Gallery.



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