Debby Akam

PAINTING, PRINTMAKING,colour, abstract expressionism, gestural painting, painting as meditation, sense of time and place, ecology, celebration, mutability, renewal, vernacular

The Only Way is Up, oil based paint and wax on unstretched linen 2023


Suthra  International Residency and Expo, Tasara Centre for the Arts, Kerala India

Sockbridge and Tirril Open Studios, Ullswater, Cumbria


Tasara Center for the Arts, Beypore, Kerala artist's residency,1 - 28 February

Northern Print, Stepney Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne One and Another 28 April - 24 June 12 - 4pm

Sockbridge and Tirril Open Studios, Ullswater, Cumbria 20 - 28 May

Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 13 June - 20 August 2023

Farfield Mill, Sedburgh, Cumbria LA10 5LW July 5 10.30am - October1 4.00pm.Thinking in Colour and Form Part 2: Debby Akam Paintings, Gary Power Tintotem Parade

Views of Open Studios 2023 (below)

  Biomorphia 3, woodcut. (below)  Currently in 'One and Another' at Northern Print, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Debby's new paintings are investigations of layered space created through colour relationships and gestural brush marks that result in sensual and tactile representations of stilled- action or vitality. The interplay of colour, line and form creates a shifting pictorial space through which the eye can wander. Her work uses the potential of colour to link personal experience with wider themes of celebration, mutability and renewal. Her immediate surroundings including her garden, the landscape of Cumbria, and working and travelling in India, inform the work. Inspiration also derives from patterns and motifs from woven and printed textiles some of which recall her childhood in Borneo. The process of painting is the catalyst that brings these diverse experiences from past, present and imagined futures together and enables them to come to life in a new form.

Paintings are made in series, and reflect a process -based approach that uses semi- random techniques such as wax- resist, printing and frottage (rubbing).

Debby Akam on Axisweb