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Abigail Hampsey

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Degree: Fine Art
University: Newcastle University
Graduation Year: 2019

New Blood Art Statement

The North East of England is a region steeped in folklore, romance, and mystery - teaming with magic. Abigail Hampsey, a recent graduate from Newcastle University’s Fine Art programme, has become bewitched by the region’s whimsical history.  

Hampsey’s work is a profound and compelling journey. She uses icons from North Eastern folklore to portray the archaic patterns and images prevalent in Carl Jung’s individuation theory, also known as, The Jungian Archetypes.  For example, qualities of Jung’s ‘Wounded Child,’ archetype are mirrored in Hampsey’s oil on canvas: ‘Lamb Dinner.’ In this piece, we see as innocence endures trauma in the form of a pure white lamb about to be eaten by a pair of faceless, blue humans. Hampsey’s focus is on painting the lamb with a sensitive and loving hand, while the humans depicted have been captured with harsh and blunt lines - depersonalised.

Her use of colour is also an exploration of the psyche and folklore; Hampsey describes her palette as ‘favouring colours that denote liminal states…’ Liminality is a term that was first coined by folklorist Arnold van Gennep and denoted a temporary dissolve of tradition. This can be seen in almost all of Hampsey’s pieces which boast layers of bright, unexpected, and eye-catching colours. 

Artist Statement

Graduating from Newcastle University in 2019 and due to attend The Royal Collage of arts MA course this coming september 2020. I am primarily a painter but also work with Photography, Print Making and Drawing.

Originally from Lancaster I am interested in the materiality of oil paint, the variety of textures it can create and how it can be manipulated. I use saturated colour and extensive layering to create bright, familiar, yet often unsettling images. Favouring colours that denote liminal states, I aim to position the viewer as a spectator, making them question what is invented, remembered or imagined.  My fascination with the space between the factual and mythical, and more specifically, folkloric tales from the north of England inform my practice. In witch I aim to explore the relationship between my own experiences, other people’s tales and archetypal stories.

Solo Exhibitions

2018, Year Three, The Herbarium, Lancaster
2018, Its All Still Wet, Long Gallery, Newcastle

Group Exhibitions

2020, Fully Awake, The Holden Gallery, Manchester
2019, Degree Show, Newcastle University, Newcastle
2019, Degree Show, Copeland Park Gallery, London
2019, Portico show, BSR, The British School At Rome
2019, SHOW, Storey Instatute, Lancaster
2018, Interim, Atrium, Newcastle
2018, Jane Doe, XL Gallery, Newcastle
2017, "Stooge 2: Electric Boogaloo", Cobolt, Newcastle
2016, Narrative, The Newbridge project, Newcastle
2015, 1921, The Story Institute, Lancaster

Competitions, Prizes & Awards

2018, Bartlett Travel Award
2019, Bartlett Offsite Funding
2019, Hatton Prize
2019, Forshaw Residency, The British Art School at Rome

Original works:

Singapore Palm

By Abigail Hampsey


Noah and the Whale

By Abigail Hampsey


Her Bob

By Abigail Hampsey


The Oaks of Avalon

By Abigail Hampsey



By Abigail Hampsey


The cheek on it.

By Abigail Hampsey


Sold Artworks:

Long Bow, Ash

By Abigail Hampsey


Lamb Dinner

By Abigail Hampsey