Painter, mixed-media artist, collagist and embroiderer, born in Worthing, Sussex, married to the artist Damian Le Bas. She was born into a gypsy/Romany background, spending her early years in caravans and trailers. What she called “the freedom of my Romany spirit” showed in her clothes and highly decorative work. She studied textiles at West Sussex College of Art & Design, Worthing, 1981–6, and St Martin’s School of Art, 1986–8. By 1990 Le Bas found the restrictions of fashion design too much for her, and concentrated on picture-making, producing large collages and collage books, drawing on family history and photographs. Lived in a small house full of folk art objects in East Preston, Littlehampton, Sussex. Group shows included Alex Gellard Fine Art, Battle, and Rona Gallery, and solo exhibitions one at Islington Arts Factory, 1993.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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