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Gill Drew

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I am a landscape and figurative artist living in Hampshire. Currently, I paint and teach art and have for many years. I very much love encouraging others to explore their creativity. This now happens in workshops and art classes in Hampshire.

Working in acrylics and mixed media, I create rich visual textures with layers of mark-making and colour. I enjoy capturing the light, the atmosphere, and my connection to the subject.

Through my painting I aim to express something of the sensory experience of being out in nature and love to pay attention to the sounds and the movements.

The work is both an emotional response and an attempt to convey a sense of wonder, intrigue, and exploration. This could be standing on the cliffs by the sea or on a regular walk with the dog near the edge of the city where I live and find glimpses of wildness where nature isn’t tamed.

 

Surface depth and subtle layering of colour, mark-making and texture are endlessly fascinating to me. This has always been of interest and one which I initially explored using fibres and textile processes gaining a degree in textiles/embroidery.

This building up of a surface is what I love the most. Making marks now with paint as the medium, the process of creating a piece commences with a loose and playful approach.

The initial idea directs the process but will unfold through several layers and many changes until the final story and composition arrives.

Sometimes a piece begins with a few words for the title, another time it is in response to an idea and the painting evolves to take on a life of its own.

There may be a narrative in the piece, a connection to a memory, or a feeling of nostalgia that engages an emotion as I use colour to explore textures and shapes.

Gill Drew

Artist

 

I am a landscape and figurative artist living in Hampshire. Currently, I paint and teach art and have for many years. I very much love encouraging others to explore their creativity. This now happens in workshops and art classes in Hampshire.

Working in acrylics and mixed media, I create rich visual textures with layers of mark-making and colour. I enjoy capturing the light, the atmosphere, and my connection to the subject.

Through my painting I aim to express something of the sensory experience of being out in nature and love to pay attention to the sounds and the movements.

The work is both an emotional response and an attempt to convey a sense of wonder, intrigue, and exploration. This could be standing on the cliffs by the sea or on a regular walk with the dog near the edge of the city where I live and find glimpses of wildness where nature isn’t tamed.

Surface depth and subtle layering of colour, mark-making and texture are endlessly fascinating to me. This has always been of interest and one which I initially explored using fibres and textile processes gaining a degree in textiles/embroidery.

This building up of a surface is what I love the most. Making marks now with paint as the medium, the process of creating a piece commences with a loose and playful approach.

The initial idea directs the process but will unfold through several layers and many changes until the final story and composition arrives.

Sometimes a piece begins with a few words for the title, another time it is in response to an idea and the painting evolves to take on a life of its own.

There may be a narrative in the piece, a connection to a memory, or a feeling of nostalgia that engages an emotion as I use colour to explore textures and shapes.

Exhibition

CV

2023

  • Shortlisted artist in The Visual Art Open – UK & International Emerging Artist Awards
  • Selected artist with Art for Youth London exhibition at The Mall Galleries
  • Two person show at The Physic Garden, Petersfield with Sue Colyer
  • Selected work for The St Barbe Open Exhibition at The St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Hampshire
  • Art Surrey Art Fair at Epsom Downs
  • The Hampshire Artists Cooperative exhibitions at Hilliers Arboretum, Romsey and Stockbridge, Hampshire

2022

  • Chaiya Art Awards, work longlisted
  • Hampshire Open Studios, Spudworks Gallery, exhibited with Artful Collective
  • The Light Room Gallery in Alresford, Hampshire.
  • The Hampshire Artists Cooperative at Hilliers Arboretum, The Pie Factory in Margate and Stockbridge, Hampshire

2021

  • The Love Life Exhibition and live auction, 22 Bishopsgate, London. First place Judges Choice winner with juror Alixe Bovey, The Courtauld Gallery
  • The Hampshire Artists Cooperative exhibitions at Stockbridge and Hilliers Arboretum

2020

  • The Hampshire Artists Cooperative group show at Stockbridge, Hampshire
  • The Hampshire Artists Cooperative group show at Hilliers Arboretum, Hampshire
  • Hampshire Open Studio:
      • The Art Care Salisbury Open Exhibition (runner-up)
      • The Gosport Open Art Exhibition 2020 (The Judges Choice Overall winner)

2010

selected work – Southampton City Art Gallery Open Exhibition

2008

selected work – Southampton City Art Gallery Open Exhibition

Artist Statement

Bringing Nature Indoors
 
Many of my collectors have shared how my paintings transform their spaces, such as kitchens and living areas, into daily escapes.
 
“I love having your paintings in my kitchen – they take me on walks out by the coast every day. The colors are gorgeous.”
 
My goal is to bring the outside in, allowing you to experience the serenity and majesty of the natural world from the comfort of your home.
 
Each piece I create is meant to be more than just a pretty picture; it is designed to be a lasting source of joy, intrigue, and inspiration. My art invites you to experience the beauty, movement, and spiritual depth of the world around us, turning everyday spaces into sanctuaries of wonder.
 
Thank you for visiting and allowing my work to become a part of your life’s journey.

Exhibition

Awards

The journey of a portrait painting

The journey of a portrait painting

VISUAL ART OPEN SHORTLIST Inspired by a small, much loved old photograph that may have been carried around in a small pocket!  It's just 7cms across and feels like it was treasured and precious because it is very creased and even has a tiny careful mend in brown tape...

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Liberated voted Best in Show

Liberated voted Best in Show

I had recently started walking again after a serious accident and Liberated was inspired by the joy of being out of the wheelchair, off the beaten path amongst a field of thistledown. Capturing a feeling of excitement, the spirit of “We’re off, this could be fun!” The...

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Runner-up Prize Awarded to In Father’s Eye

Runner-up Prize Awarded to In Father’s Eye

Open Exhibition 2020 ArtCare at Salisbury Hospital extended until June 26th 2020 Open Exhibition runner-up prize awarded for atmospheric painting In Father’s Eye. This year’s ArtCare Open exhibition received work from over 50 regional artists. April 3, 2020/in News...

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Winner – Judges Choice The Violin Maker

Winner – Judges Choice The Violin Maker

Time to celebrate! I won! The Overall Winner – Judges Choice with “The Violin Maker” at The Gosport Gallery and Museum Open Exhibition. I’m feeling rather elated and surprised by being awarded the overall winner by the judges for this painting titled “The Violin...

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Gaining Clarity in Your Artwork

Gaining Clarity in Your Artwork

Gaining Clarity: A single painting doesn’t have to say it all. I have found that my most successful paintings are those where my focus was most clear. Let me explain why this is important. But before I explain, I would just like to mention that’s it’s 4 am in the...

An Artist Date

An Artist Date

A time to be in receiver mode, listening, intuiting and settling into stillness. As Asian-American theologian Cindy Lee writes of transmitters and receivers: Western culture is mainly “transmitter oriented”, prizing the authority of the written and spoken word, and of...

The story behind the painting In a Peaceful Melody

The story behind the painting In a Peaceful Melody

This painting came from a very small black and white photograph from a travel album that had belonged to my mother. I had no idea who the figures were in the photo but I loved the feeling in it – one of relaxation and peace. To lie back in the water and find that...

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