Jennifer Ridgeley was born and educated in the borough of Richmond on Thames. Moving to Hertfordshire in her twenties, she gained her teaching degree there in the late 1960’s, taking Art as her main subject. Her work at that time was much influenced by Morris Louis (1912-62.) and his “veils”.
I was born in Japan but instantly felt that Cornwall is my spiritual home. The landscape, the sky, the weather and the people all combine to make Cornwall a place I want to be. Back home in Japan I work with natural stone and grind it down into powered to use as a paint material. I see the amazing granite of Cornwall as a perfect material to use in my art.
Jessica Cudlip is a contemporary artist who works from her studio in the south west of Cornwall. Jessica’s own exploration of media, coupled with the study of Art and Photography at Truro College has allowed her to develop a unique approach to landscape depiction. In more recent times Jess has been exploring the use of textiles and torso/ pregnancy bump casting as an add-on to her more environment-inspired work. Jess accepts bump casting commissions.
Matthew Buchan is a local artist living and working in Grampound. Fangorn Studio is an old summerhouse converted for use as the artist’s workspace, nestled amongst the many trees and vegetable patches in the grounds of the home he shares with his muse, Victoria, two family members, one crazy cat and five chickens.
Christine Brunnock was raised in St Ives, Cornwall. She is based in St Ives today where she is constantly inspired by the Cornish landscape. Largely self-taught, her work is expressive and atmospheric, communicating a range of emotions that are reflected by the elements and environment. Christine's work has been collected internationally and she exhibits regularly. She was shortlisted for The Evening Standard Art Prize in London and is a member of The National Acrylic Painters' Association.
Nathan Pendlebury studied Fine Art at Warrington Collegiate Institute and also at Liverpool John Moores University. He grew up in the North-West of England in Chester, Salford, Manchester, and Warrington. Nathan lives and currently works full-time for National Museums Liverpool, he also has his a studio space in Liverpool City Centre.
Originally a Fine Art graduate from St Martins school of Art, London and more recently studying for an MA in Art History at University College Falmouth, Trudy’s work as an artist has been complemented with that of Interior Design, having worked primarily as a designer for twenty years. Now living in Cornwall as a working artist she draws her inspiration from the year round beauty of her home county.
Influenced by magic realism among numerous other things, I began to teach myself to paint before attending college in London. I create a kind of holistic patchwork of stories often through docufiction; the aim being to eventually develop a unique interpretation of life and the world.
My work is compiled, I build layer after layer, sometimes taking areas back to where I started, reworking or allowing the beginnings to be exposed. Layers are often thin and my tools are basic. Some papers and canvas may go through the press, some are hand pressed, all are painted and repainted.
An artist to inspire artists, Steve Slimm’s visionary work over the past 40 years has gained him the reputation, in Cornwall and the UK, of a master of expressionist landscape painting. Since 2009 his work has been featured in national UK art foundation syllabuses for its quality of light.
Charlotte was born in the 1970s in Cornwall, to a truly Cornish family, with her roots in the County traceable back to the mid 1600’s. Always creative from a young age, she spent her childhood learning about nature, watching and exploring local freshwater rivers, woodland, moorland and coastal environments.
All the proceeds from my paintings and other art work are donated to charity i.e. Childline. Street Children of Brazil. I was born in the West Country (but currently living in The Vale of Glamorgan) and brought up amongst the rolling countryside and woodlands of Somerset which instilled in me a deep rooted love of all things in nature.
My art is a spiritual quest for ‘Truth’ – the truth that exists in each and every one of us. I work towards a purer reflection of that truth. Each brushstroke is a search which brings me closer to an answer – but the questions are endless. Thus my art is a synthesis of my inner reality at a particular point in time.