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The Solitude, work on paper by  Bobbye Fermie


To Set The Stage

A collection of new collage works on paper

BOBBYE FERMIE | To Set The Stage

Bobbye Fermie’s practice is an ongoing response to themes of isolation, personal boundaries and social anxiety.


Fermie's practice explores the archetypal portrayal of interiors and homes within culture and storytelling, such as theatre sets and advertisement. Her work explores the juxtaposition between the public and private space and process internal emotions through the use of sets and scenes. Fermie's watercolour paintings and collages depict imagined worlds that are often inhabited by fictional, shapeshifting characters. The viewer is invited into the world of these characters and glimpses a scene of ambiguity following imagined intimate moments. Narratives are often slightly obscured or one layer removed from the viewer, giving them a feeling of separation or voyeurism. 


For this new series of watercolour collages titled, ’To Set the Stage', Bobbye further explores the imaginary world, setting the scene for her upcoming solo show with Wilder Gallery in Spring 2024.


Bobbye (b. 1990, Amsterdam, NL) finished the post graduate degree ‘The Drawing Year’ at the Royal Drawing School, London in 2015 after completing her bachelor in Fine Arts at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium. She has participated in several artist residencies including Porthmeor Studios (2021, 2023) and Hafod Residency (2016) and has exhibited with Oliver Projects, Blue Shop Cottage RHODES Contemporary Art.

Installation images o works on paper by Bobbye Fermie

Bobby Fermie studio view

Works are available unframed. If you would like help with framing please reach out and we would be happy to provide advice and framing quotes

 Studio portrait of Bobbye Fermie in her studio

Studio portrait of Bobbye Fermie

Select Exhibitions

2023 The Forever Now, Art City Works, 6 - 11 November

2023  Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, Oliver Projects, 26- 29 October

2023 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy

2023 In my hand a forest lies asleep, Violet Hour

2023 A Mon Avis, Copenhagen

2023 Tales of the Home, Oliver Projects

2022 Pageant, Violet Hour

2022 Oneiric, Purslane Gallery

2022 The Duchy, Arc Padstow, The Artist Contemporary

2022 Works on Paper 4, Blue Shop Cottage

2022 London Art Fair, 155a Gallery

2022 A Material World, Liliya Art Gallery,

2022 What She Said, Purslane Gallery

2022 Studio Sale, Auction Collective

2022 RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition

2022 Ridley Road Years, open studio

2021 Artist Focus, Wilder Gallery, (online) 

2021 Reveille, Violet Hour

2021 50 x £50, Auction Collective

2021 Winter Fair, 155a Gallery

2021 Soft Shadows, Two man show, 155a Gallery

2021 White Crypt Gallery, The Artists’ Oracle

2021 Purslane, Ambrosia, online exhibition

2021 Mothflower, online exhibition

2021 Violet Hour, Green Fires, online exhibition

2021 Maud and Mabel, online exhibition

2020 Carousel London, This is Where We Meet

2020 Wilder Gallery, Original | Paper, online show

2020 Violet Hour, On the Strangest Sea, online exhibition

2020 155a Gallery, summer group show

2020 Bowes Parris Gallery, All These Gestures

2020 Sophie Breitmeyer, The Art Register

2020 Works on Paper 1 and 2, Blue Shop Cottage

2020 Reaction in Seclusion, online exhibition

2020 Kara Mirva Gallery, online exhibition

2020 155a Gallery, Winter Salon

Awarded Residencies                                                                                                                                       

CloverMill Residency, The Netherlands, April  2024

Porthmeor Studios, Cornwall, Jan-Feb 2021 and Nov-Dec 2023

Dumfries House, Scotland, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2022

Coombes Farm Devon, ‘How Trees Talk’ April 2019 

Hafod Estate, Wales, September 2018


2021 Little Book of Artists by Kelly Jay

2021 The Artists’ Oracle, Card Oracle Deck, White Crypt

2020 It’s Freezing in LA, ‘Lessons for Environmentalism in Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You’, issue 6

2019 The Drawing Ideas Book, Frances Stanfield

2019 Ways Of Drawing: Artists’ Perspectives and Practises, Royal Drawing School

2018 Vinyl Cover artwork project, Illustratie Biennale

Borgo Pignano, Tuscany, October 2016

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