My paintings are a response to my immediate environment, whether at home in Lincolnshire; from my travels; a response to something I have read; the news or personal life events - nothing is off limits.
My first love is the landscape and the natural world and recent works are a very personal response to a particular place and set of circumstances when Burghley House, Lake and Sculpture Gardens, near Stamford in South Lincolnshire became a place of refuge and reflection. This new series of painting began with research in late winter and will continue with research visits for the rest of 2022, culminating in a series of paintings.
Sometimes you can disappear down a blind alley and grind to a halt. The Blind Alley series is a response to reading an exciting book about the chaos and development of England and the Monarchy which left me itching to respond in paint - strange because I have never been particularly interested in history. I made a start and world events began to unfold that left me questioning why I was painting a subject that could be seen as glorifying or trivialising war so I ground to a halt. Having thought long and hard about about this work I do plan to continue the series in the near future.
I spent much of my younger life living in various parts of the UK and abroad, eventually settling in rural Lincolnshire where I have my painting studio.
One of the first people who could study for a degree in Lincolnshire I attended De Montfort University in Lincoln as a mature student intending to concentrate on sculptural work. However, painting baffled me and became the challenge I wanted to know more about, becoming a lifetime's journey. I also studied printmaking and have recently began to re-explore sculptural ceramics.
2022 The National Craft and Design Centre, a small exhibition of ceramic work
2021 Featured in The Purposeful Mayo Magazine (by invitation)
2021 Wunderkammer of_Lilye instagram page lockdown feature (by invitation)
2020 Art for Youth London Online Exhibition
2019 Art For Youth London Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2019 Selected for the Spalding Open Exhibition
2017 Artbox Projects, Art Basle, Switzerland
2014 The National Craft and Design Centre, "Road Trip USA"
2011 "This is Art" Photographic Competition, Lincolnshire
2007 The Hub National Craft and Design Centre, “See it” Exhibition
2005 Art on the Map, Lincolnshire Open Studios
2004 Sam Scorer Gallery, Lincoln. A joint exhibition of new paintings with Lynne Lamb
2004 Art on the Map, Lincolnshire Open Studios
2003 Whisby Anthology Project (NKDC funded project), Included in book of poetry and images “Tundra Gap” late 2004.
2003 Art on the Map, Lincolnshire Open Studios
2002 Solo Exhibition, Sam Scorer Gallery, Lincoln
2001 Selected for The Nottingham Open, Nottingham Castle Museum and Gallery
2001 Solo Exhibition, The Spotlight Gallery, Newark
2001 Jelly Leg’d Chicken Arts Centre, Selected for Graduates Show.
2000 Graduation Show, De Montfort Gallery, Lincoln.
Copyright Gail Deptford 2023