Blackburn is an artist who studies and specialises in the human form. She is influenced by Edward Hopper’s realism, photography by Philip-Lorca diCorcia as well David Hockney’s architectural traits. Her strong sense of observation has enabled her to refine her technique, paring down detail yet still capturing the very essence of people in their environments and the symbiosis between the two.
Be it a lone figure in a gallery or a child in an urban park, the stillness she portrays in her everyday scenes draws the viewer in and like photography, holds you in that moment in time. The intimacy she creates pulls you closer, giving you a greater sense of the people in the picture, their thoughts and their feelings.

The simplicity of her work often conveys the loneliness and anonymity felt in a crowded city as well as challenging the impact of mental health caused by this digital age. Christabel’s scenes transcend the everyday; they are stories about society and how we live our lives.

Christabel has just won Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2020.