Artist Judith makes the grade

Judith Reeces from the Art Cafe with examples of her work
Judith Reeces from the Art Cafe with examples of her work

A Whitby artist has spoken of her delight after one of her creations was featured in a GCSE exam paper alongside work by Pablo Picasso and Grayson Perry.

Stormy Sea, a textile on canvas piece by Judith Reece, was included in an EdExcel examination undertaken by Art and Design students across the UK and abroad this summer.

Judith, who owns The Art Cafe in Flowergate, said: “I was very pleased when I found out. This is a great accolade for me.

“It came as a complete surprise, but it’s nice to be featured alongside some really big names in the world of art.”

It was only when she was contacted by a number of art students seeking information on her work that Judith discovered her seascape had caught the eye of the exam board.

“I was puzzled by the amount of traffic my website was getting earlier in the year,” she added.

“I then started to receive correspondence from students, asking me questions about my work and discovered the reason why – it was being studied all over the world.”

A graduate of the Cleveland College of Art, Judith is a textile artist whose work focuses on the natural world. She lists the area’s heritage coast and the North York Moors as the inspiration for many of her pieces.

She opened The Art Cafe with her husband David in 2009 and exhibits her own creations alongside those of other local artists.

Later this month, Judith will return to the Royal College of Art in London as a number of her pieces are to feature in a charity exhibition.

“Every artist likes to have their work showcased in the capital, it is a great opportunity to get noticed,” Judith said.

“I was invited last year and my exhibits sold, so it was pleasing to be asked to come back.”