There is something beautifully delicate about the work of Lale Guralp. The Chelsea College of Art & Design graduate uses only the sharpest HB pencils to draw the exquisitely detailed still life pieces, with no need for colour, each pencil mark has a boldness that a wash of colour is simply not needed.
Having a printed textile background, Lale spent two years working with Terence Conran designing soft furnishings before going it alone as a freelance designer and artist.
Her distinct style of illustration is centred around the detail, and like pressed flowers, she has suspended the delicacy of nature in each fine art exploration.
Bringing the basics of observation using the simplest of tools, each piece could be considered a labour of love, with the Pineapple illustration alone taking around 110 hours, over 2 months to draw.
With the emergence of digital mark-making, the purity of Guralp’s work speaks for itself, Still Life is alive and well.