Dulcie Wagstaff, Photographer

Inspirations deriving from novels, music, family and living environments, and her own dreams. Ms Wagstaff uses the objects surrounding her to capture images which enthral the viewer and create pieces which are uncanny in their combination of realism and oddity. 


Dulcie Wagstaff, whose work can be described as minimal but also extremely conceptual with pieces using subject matter usually associated with still life and arranging with well posed light and formation that challenges the viewer to interpret and think beyond the matter itself.

Ms  Wagstaff, who is originally from Ware, near Hertfordshire, showed her work in an installation titled ‘Familiar Gardens’ at The Graduate Show, for Brighton University which was held from 4-12th June 2016, in a small open plan building in Edward Street and in Grand Parade, Brighton.

Edward Street was home to Ms Wagstaff’s final pieces, which landed her a first class BA honours, alongside a handful of other students work all separated by small dividers and personal touches.

Ms Wagstaff’s work was instantly captivating with her artistic eye being one that has landed her shows in London as well as acclaim from her peers and other photographers alike.

She can also be seen as the subject of her own work which is equally as enchanting, with her composition and calculated lighting, evoking emotion extremely different to your average self-portait or ‘selfie’.

With new projects on the horizon, Dulcie Wagstaff is a photographer to keep your eye on.


Upcoming Events

2016 October:

Beyond The Camera, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Shanxi Province, China.

The Green House as part of Brighton Photo Fringe, Cafe Plenty, Brighton, UK

Family Art Line: An Artists Open House

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Artist Shyama Ruffell opened her doors for this years Artist Open Houses, she made it a family affair by displaying works by her parents and partner at her home in Hove.

Family Art Line, which was at Shyama’s home in Addison Road, Hove, featured paintings by Miss Ruffell, her father Colin and mother Fran Slade, furnishings by partner Tim Mason and ceramics from Frances Doherty and Holly Bell.

The house, garden and studio were all awash with artwork, there was a blatant consideration to all involved in this Open House, with each artist given adequate wall and floor space from the  moment you walk through the door.

On entering the property on Addison Road, Hove, I was greeted by the smell of freshly baked goods and a warm welcome by Shyama herself.

The feel of the house was naturally buzzing with the general ambience being that of visitors and artists taking interest in their surroundings.

Summer 2002 saw the Artists Open Houses Festival break away from the Fringe and Brighton Festivals to become independent of them, with their title often known as simply AOH.

The Open house events in Brighton and Hove are the oldest and largest event of its kind in the country. 

Artists Open Houses Festival provides a unique experience for visitors, where you can view an array of work from contemporary and original local artists and makers in their homes, as well as meeting the artists themselves and buying artwork and crafts directly from them.

Miss Ruffell  was  the star of the  show, with her  studio at the end of a winding path in the garden which was blooming with an array of plants and flowers with long flowing stems that mirror her work.

She tells artpublish.com: “My very first exhibition was at the age of seven on Bayswater Road.

“We lived in the heart of the Sussex countryside and the rolling hills of the South Downs along with the textures of nature and my passion for pattern influenced my decision to study textiles design and specialising in print and surface pattern.

“Later I was invited to be a lecturer at the London College Of Fashion and Northbrook Art College.

“During this time I maintained my own art practice as a fine artist and consultant showing my work at various galleries and art fairs.”

Her older work was on show in the form of prints, bright pinks, blues and yellows. Her most recent floral paintings made  with pastel and  neutral shades. A small selection of  new cactus inspired pieces were also available as well as butterflies and insect, presented as collages and individuals which were delicately cut out and mounted, which are a homage to her childhood as she  began to paint.

Mr Ruffell,  also a painter, internationally renowned with acclaim for both his abstract and scenic paintings.

Miss Ruffell is by no means in his shadow with her work becoming hugely popular, with a small expanding pool of followers and her prints now being sold by John Lewis, she is catching up with her father accomplishments.

Mr Ruffell’s passion and enthusiasm led The Fine Art Trade Guild to elect him as a Court Member and then later as Chair of The Guilds Printers and Publishers Committee. In 2008 they also made him ‘The Master of The Guild’, where he is now involved in setting worldwide standards for the fine art industry.


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