Questions and Answers with Lottie Cole

Lottie Cole Solo Exhibition 'Living with Art - Collectors' Interiors' at Cricket Fine Art, London, 12th - 23rd September 2017
August 21, 2017



Interior with Frank Brangwyn and Anne Redpath

Watercolour, 42 x 30 cms



1.  When and how did your interest in Charleston and the Bloomsbury set first start?
I grew up in Sussex so I can't remember when I didn't know about Charleston.  But when I visited Monk's House it was so similar in feel and smell to my Grandparent's Sussex home - I think that's when the fascination really took hold.

2.  What gave you the idea for your forthcoming exhibition?

I realised in painting the pictures of the Bloomsbury homes that one of the things I'd found most fascinating was how much I learnt by painting other people's paintings and it grew from there.

3.  Are you particularly interested in Modern British Art?


4.  As a mother of young children how do you find the time and discipline to paint and hold down a job as well?

I think everyone in my family recognises that I'm a nicer, saner person if I paint and quite often my daughter paints alongside me.   My job is very different to painting and it means that I'm always almost desperate to grab my paint brush as soon as I can.
5..  Is the interior of your own home inspired by the interiors that you see and paint?

There's a cross over but I've never found my own home as inspiring and interesting as those of other people.

6.  How long does a painting take you to complete?

Sometimes it's about a month, but quite often it can be up to six months.  

7. Does the idea of a solo exhibition make you nervous and in which case which particular factor prays on your mind?

I really enjoy painting and in general I'm pleased to have done the work.  Wondering if anyone will like the pictures is a constant worry but in some ways I feel a bit resigned about that as they are what they are - so I just have to keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best!

8. Who are your biggest supporters?

My husband, mother and daughter are great supporters. And my friends and colleagues too. And I've been very lucky that Leslie Pratt has really encouraged me over the years.
9. Where would you like to be in ten years time with regards to your career as an artist?

In my wildest dreams I'd really like to have a show at Pallant House or the Towner.



Interior near the British Museum with Peter Haigh and Ancient Chinese Figurines

Oil on Canvas, 150 x 120 cms



Interior with Winifred Nicholson, Ivon Hitchens and Roger Hilton

Oil on Canvas, 100 x 100 cms




Interior with Kathleen Guthrie, Christopher Wood and Peter Haigh

Oil on Canvas

100 x 100 cms



The catalogue for Lottie Cole's forthcoming exhibition can be viewed on




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