Lucy Augé makes coffee in the kitchen, whilst outside, her garden is doused in a frail haze. It is early, and dew is still clinging to the tips of leaves and the blades of vibrant green grass. As I wrap my hands around the warm mug, I comment on the beautiful oxalis potted and placed in the centre of the table. The shape of its purple leaves remind me of Adonis Blue butterflies. I can’t help but comment.
“It’s a shamrock,” she tells me. “I’ve always been quite naturalistic and obsessed with gardening. I think I’ve always been drawn to natural things subconsciously; it feeds my work.”
Based in the rolling valley of Bath, Lucy Augé is an artist whose paintings of flowers and tree shadows have graced the walls of art galleries and homes alike. She studied illustration at Bath Spa university before beginning to focus developing her own artwork. One day, out of the blue, she received a message on Instagram from San Francisco, asking if they could put on a show of her work. Since then, she has exhibited in Japan, America and Britain, and in magazines such as Vogue, Le Monde, The Guardian, and The Times. This year she was featured in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
Words: Libby Borton
Photos: Remco Merbis