Can you spot the ‘naughty’ details in artist Polly Williams’ take on Southwold and Framlingham?

Framlingham by Polly Williams. Picture: POLLY WILLIAMS

Framlingham by Polly Williams. Picture: POLLY WILLIAMS - Credit: Archant

A Suffolk artist’s “love for the absurd beauty of the nude form” has given a revealing perspective on some of the county’s best loved towns.

Southwold by Polly Williams. Picture: POLLY WILLIAMS

Southwold by Polly Williams. Picture: POLLY WILLIAMS - Credit: Archant

Polly Williams’ first solo exhibition at Studio 90 in Rendham, near Framlingham, will showcase her “romantic illustrations of Suffolk at its best”.

On closer inspection, however, viewers may also be able to pick out the “naughty narratives and eccentric characters” that set Polly’s work apart.

“I like to weave hidden narratives through my drawings and I get a thrill from including details that become weirder the closer you get,” said Polly, who grew up in Woodbridge and attended Framlingham College.

“My illustrations are instinctual, fictionalised versions of my real life experiences. I find humour in the mundane and love to celebrate the absurd beauty of the nude form.”

Bathers by Polly Williams. Picture: POLLY WILLIAMS

Bathers by Polly Williams. Picture: POLLY WILLIAMS - Credit: Archant


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Polly, who now lives in London, has been featured in VICE Magazine, Elle Magazine, Marks & Spencers and Hallmark. She has also completed commissions for Suffolk brands including Adnams, Savills, Scarlett & Mustard and Bruisyard Hall.

She said she was “honoured” to have her first solo show at Studio 90.

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“Growing up in Suffolk was a very important part of my life and I’m excited to be showcasing some new pieces which are based on sights and scenes that still are very close to my heart,” Polly added.

The exhibition runs from August 18-September 8 in Studio 90, Rendham.

Artist Polly Willliams, who grew up in Suffolk, is returning to the county for her first solo exhbit

Artist Polly Willliams, who grew up in Suffolk, is returning to the county for her first solo exhbition. Picture: POLLY WILLIAMS - Credit: Archant

Visit Polly’s website here.

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