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Melksham-based artist to exhibit on Britain’s biggest cruise ship

Works by Bowerhill artist Jemma Lewis have been chosen by P&O Cruises to be part of Britain’s largest floating art collection on its ship Britannia, which launches in March next year.

Jemma has produced 24 marbled panels for the Horizon buffet restaurant – some of the 8,000 pieces of art to be displayed on Britannia showcasing a diverse range of styles.

The multi-million pound art collection represents a new approach by P&O Cruises to Britannia’s artworks, with pieces chosen to complement and enhance the ship’s designs to give the feel of a luxury hotel. Art consultant Tom Tempest-Radford, who has compiled the collection in conjunction with Britannia’s designers, Richmond International, has focused on a variety of textures, surfaces and fine detail to complement Britannia’s interiors and create sophisticated, yet comfortable, surroundings.

Tom said, “Britannia is going to be very different to other P&O Cruises ships and I feel it could set a whole new standard. The richness of artistic materials is amazing and there is a huge variety of really crafted materials that create an incredible depth of flavour.”

Jemma, who is known for her signature hand-marbled papers that are often incorporated in books said, “Each piece has been marbled individually and is one of a kind, though all are in the same style and use the same colours – mainly grey and navy, to match the interior fabric, with a flash of yellow.

“The pattern is very non-traditional, with quite random areas of colour and a mix of bigger and smaller spots. While this gives a contemporary look, we have used a traditional ‘Spanish Ripple’ effect, giving the impression of waves and motion to create a slightly 3D look.”