2012-2014 The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts, 2005-2008 Falmouth College of Arts, BA
Elisabeth Deane b.1985, UK; lives and works in London
2015-2017 The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts, 2010-2011 University of Cambridge, 2003-2007 University of East Anglia, BA and MA
Married artists Jethro Buck and Elisabeth Deane both share a fascination in Indian miniature painting and, for Cure3, for the first time they are working together to create an artwork. Deane aims to “yield delight and joy through the geometric arrangement of colour.” Having studied under master miniature painters in India, she often uses stone-based colours, ground by hand. These combine to create harmony and what she describes as “vibrations, ones that sing”. For husband and fellow miniature artist Jethro Buck, his art is essentially “an exploration of Nature and a celebration of life and beauty”.
Together they have created Octahedron for Cure3: “It seemed fitting to place an octahedron inside this cube. An octahedron is known as the ‘dual’ shape of a cube. A cube fits perfectly inside an octahedron and vice versa. Every point of the octahedron meets the very centre of all the cubes faces. These two shapes are two of the five shapes known as the Platonic solids. Plato hypothesised and philosophised about these shapes that fit ‘perfectly’ within a sphere. Whereby every angle, every length and every shape comprising the surfaces of the solids are equal, there are only five 3-D shapes in the known universe that meet this criteria.”
Aided by geometry teachers Paul Marchant and Jonathan Horning, the artists have used a compass and ruler for the 2-D geometry on the octahedron’s surface. The use of mineral pigments for the shapes and 18 karat and 24 karat gold leaf for the stars add to our sense of connection to both science and the natural world.
Portrait courtesy the artists Crane Kalman Gallery and Grosvenor Gallery