British artist Bridget Davies spent her early career working in the fashion industry in Milan, after studying fashion and textiles. After several years, Davies returned back to her home country and to her first love – painting figures and illustrating fashion. Nowadays, Davies works out of her studio in Kent. As well as creating original artworks, Davies also sells greeting cards and framed prints via well-known outlets such as John Lewis and The Shard.
The fascination Davies has with fashion and the human form is clear from the paintings we have on display at The Athenaeum. In one painting called Belle of the Ball, a gathering of men and women is depicted. It’s a black tie event, with the men dressed in formal suits with bow ties, while the women are wearing extravagant evening gowns and ornate hats. Depicting the ageless beauty of the 1940s and 50s, the artist uses the detail of women’s fashion to create a scene and a story that you feel you’re being let in on when viewing the painting.