Lucie Wake is a York based artist who specialises in oil and water-based paints on canvas. As a former art student with a BA (Hons) in ceramics at Wolverhampton Polytechnic, Lucie specialises in painting subjects that are immediately close to the family in her garden studio in York, these are inclusive of relatives and pets as Lucie loves feeling connected to those who approach her for commission-based work. In her spare time Lucie also enjoys having fun with her subject matters including celebrities, funny animals and brightly coloured objects.
A regular on the York Open Studio scene, Lucie is passionate about supporting local art projects, especially after being diagnosed with relapse remitting multiple sclerosis in 2000. At this point her diagnosis only had a minimal impact on her life and after receiving a grant from the Princess Youth Trust in 1995 she bought a mug and T-shirt press in order to print her own designs and was quickly overwhelmed with orders.
In 1996 Lucie set up her own licensing company ‘Hocus Pocus Designs Ltd’, and licenced her designs to manufacturers that subsequently sold through to most of the high street stores including including: Clinton cards, Tesco, Dunelm, WHSmith, BHS, Debenhams, and Boots, making an annual turnover of over a £1 million a year.
After marrying and having two children Lucie decided to end her licensing company and began a more flexible business making curtains and blinds which acted as her creative outlet until a relapse setback in 2014, leaving her unable to walk and forcing her to live in her own lockdown for the most part of 2016. Lucie’s philosophy however has always been to “just crack on” and adapt to whatever life throws at you.
York MS Society
Lucie’s resilience and vibrant personality has underpinned her mission to help others and so in 2015 set up the York MS Society in aid of those also afflicted with MS, growing the group to around 300 members in 4 years to make sure that no one had to face MS alone. This was achieved by helping people access grants, social workers, aids, medication, and raise funding. Most importantly Lucie campaigned for the neuroscience department at York hospital which now serves as a full time department.
To bring back colour into her life she began painting family trees in a fragmented style and after an overwhelming reception to her intimate and brightly coloured subject matter Lucie began another new business, painting portraits in this ‘facet’ style. This involved triangular and geometric portraits full of vivid colours and loose brush strokes. This style has now developed into the fluid brush strokes we see today. Her portraits have a sense of motion and she perfectly captures the essence of her subjects in a warm and honest style, reflective of Lucie’s own vibrant personality.
Lucie’s bold and animated paintings translate well onto greeting cards which can be viewed on her online shop. Further products such as textiles, enamelware, stationery and homewares would translate well to showcase the vibrant personalities of her subjects. Her commission-based work would also suit a number of personalised gifts as Lucie seeks to bring colour into people’s lives, as well as unite families through her artwork.
During 2012- 18 Lucie exhibited at York City Screen.
Her work has been displayed in multiple York cafes, including Tesco as well as at York University.
A regular at York Open Studio's Lucie is proud to take part in this prestigious local creative event which is hosted across the city.
Lucie now prioritises promoting her work through social media in order for it to be accessible for everyone.
Press, PR and Coverage
In 2020 Lucie's work made an appearance in the Yorkshire Vet as her portraits are prominently display in the Vets surgeries.
She painted a portrait of Angel and Dick from Escape to the Chateau which gained huge recognition from fans of the programme resulting in a huge uplift in awareness.
Raised money by selling a painted portrait of Sir captain Tom Moore on greetings cards with all profits going towards his charity.