Artist’s career takes off with airport exhibition

Milton Keynes-based Lance Fennell is the latest artist to exhibit his work in Luton Airport's Gateway Gallery.
Milton Keynes-based Lance Fennell is the latest artist to exhibit his work in Luton Airport's Gateway Gallery.

An artist based in Milton Keynes is experiencing ‘runway’ success with a new exhibition at Luton Airport.

Lance Fennell, based in Haversham, near Newport Pagnell, was one of the winners of a competition offering artists from the region the chance to display at Luton Airport’s Gateway Gallery.

The exhibition focuses on images from Lance’s everyday life, including themes of travel and familiarity.

He said: “My work largely revolves around buying frames and other supports at car boot sales and painting these with images from my everyday life. Like many people, my experience of landscape is dominated by the car and the road, mostly viewed through a windscreen.

“Familiarity with the subject matter is important to me and I often paint places I see regularly between home and my studio. For me there’s an endlessly fascinating visual richness and beauty everywhere and I always feel spoilt for choice. The oil paintings take some time to create, and having regular contact with the subject matter lets me see it in different light and weather and moods. I like spreading the image over the moulding of the frame; the way it breaks up the representation of an image that might otherwise risk being clichéd to get under the cliché radar, for example a sunset or rainbow.”

Sian Pearce, community relations executive for Luton Airport said: “With an average of 25,000 passengers travelling through the Airport every day, the Gateway Gallery provides local artists with a fantastic opportunity to showcase their artwork as well as giving Airport passengers greater access to local artistic talent.”