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A Breath of Wind
Amazon Sunset
Coffee, Blood & Ink
Egapo Trees
Floating Flowers 1
Floating Flowers 2
Floating Flowers 3
Trees, Rio Etabari
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Rosalind Cuthbert Paintings
I have been a practising artist since leaving the Royal College of Art in 1977. In that time, my work has been through various phases of development. I work in series, spending anything from one to ten years on a given theme. During the eighties, after winning a portrait prize in the National Gallery’s annual open exhibition, I became mainly concerned with portrait and figure painting, and worked in oils. Throughout my career I have made portraits to commission from time to time. At that time I was looking in particular at the work of artists such as Stanley Spencer, Degas and Velasquez. In 1990 I painted a self-portrait that borrowed ideas from Goya’s Portrait of the Duchess of Alba. The late eighties also saw a gradual return to, and development of, my interest in still life and landscape painting.During the nineties I began to make paintings in gouache on a Chinese ink ground (a technique I discovered while working in mixed media), and produced a long series of still lives in which invention and memory played as large a part as observation. These became progressively more detailed. I had learned the craft of wood engraving from the painter/engraver Blair Hughes Stanton while studying Painting at the Central School of Art in London in the 70’s. In 1993 I founded the Yellow Fox Press and produced several books of poetry illustrated with my wood engravings and woodcuts. My paintings at that time reflected the clarity and attention to detail of the wood engravings.In 2000 I joined a group of artists on a trek in the Australian Outback. As a still life painter it was hard to cope with the vast spaces of the Australian desert. I drew on older resources, returning to some of the methods I had explored earlier, when in the eighties and early nineties, I had made paintings inspired by the Tuscan landscape, and North Wales. I also discovered the work of the Australian artist Fred Williams. My Australian landscapes bring together a love of observation and a need to be more freely expressive with the paint. I began to mix sand and other things with the paint in an attempt to find a means of conveying my sense of the toughness and fragility of this landscape.My sense of awe at finding myself in the ancient interior of the Red Continent was something I was lucky enough to repeat, on the other side of the world, deep in the Amazon, in February 2004. The ancient and silent spaces of the flooded forest took hold of my imagination. In the following two years I developed a series of spacious and elemental watercolour paintings inspired by both the vast empty spaces of the Amazon River, and the enclosing jungle. Currently, I am working on a new series of landscape paintings, this time inspired by a hill near my home in North Somerset. It is a hill over which I have walked countless times. I am at present working from aerial photographs, some of which I have taken myself. My paintings are exploring the transformation of volume to pattern that is our experience of landscape from the air. In this, I am exploring connections with my subject matter that go beyond realism. However, the scrutiny of ‘things as they appear to be’ is still an artistic necessity, feeding my imagination and my work.
Royal College of Art in 1977
Single Exhibitions:
2005 The Great River - New Paintings, New Gallery Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
1999 Paintings, Atelier twenty five, Chinon, France
1999 Paintings, Toll House Gallery, Clevedon
1999 Jaze Gallery, Winchester
1996 Atelier twenty five, Chinon, France
1995 Anthony Hepworth Fine Art, Bath
Group Exhibitions:
2007 Paintings, Chapel Row Gallery, Chapel Row, Bath
2007 To Have and To Hold - UK Fine Press Books, The Chapel Row Gallery, 6 Chapel Row, Bath more info
2006 Two Painters, Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol
2004 RWA Open Exhibition (annual), Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2003 A couple of painters, two person show, Six Chapel Row Contemporary Art, Bath
2003 Tooth and Claw, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2001 12 Outback, Bankside Gallery, London
2001 Paintings of the Outback, Six Chapel Row Contemporary Art, Bath
2001 Member's Triennial, Royal West of England Academy
2000 New British Art, DFN Gallery, New York
1999 Seventy Stunning Books, Contemporary Art, Bath
1998 Open exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
1998 Artery open exhibition, Leigh Court Mansion, Bristol
1998 Artists 303, Gallery 27, London
1997 Three Artists, Medici Gallery, London
Artist's Statement:
For the past few years I have become interested in exploring the interface between observation, imagination and memory. My themes are inspired by places, and include landscape, still life, flora and fauna. I am interested in recreating the atmosphere of a place.
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