Profile: Crispin Heesom, artist

IMG_2081Crispin Heesom grew up in Oundle, and was influenced by his mother, who was a painter. She encouraged Crispin’s ambitions to go to art school to study painting. He studied painting in Norwich and lived in London for many years before moving back to Northamptonshire more than 20 years ago. He describes his style as expressionist and uses what he calls a spontaneous palette of vibrant colours in his work. He has also done many etchings and in complete contrast to his vibrant paintings, these are boldly black and white. His subject matter is mostly of Kings Cliffe, where he has developed a particular fascination for its small village lanes. His studio is in Kings Cliffe, where he uses a local framer. He says that Kings Cliffe is a vibrant bohemian village, perfect for practising art. His next exhibition is at Lyme Regis. At 68 years of age, he says there is still a lot to be done, with many commissions lined up and subjects on his mind that he wants to
take on.

Judah Stephenson
May 2018