Judith Gardner NEAC RBA


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Artist Statement

The subject matter for Judith’s paintings is drawn mainly from the Kent countryside and the sea, as well as her garden. She paints mainly in oils from drawings and oil sketches made in situ and completing the work in her studio. She also works larger paintings from memory and imagination.

Method of Working

Judith’s painting is to a certain extent representational. It begins with ideas and sketches based on strong observation. Once the composition has been decided upon, the reality is not so necessary for her to develop the painting. This enables her to create the light and atmosphere with tone, colour and brushwork. Strong shapes are worked with large brushes and rags and she finally tightens up on certain areas where she wants more detail and focus. For this she use smaller brushes and a rigger for the final drawing and mark making.

Biographical Details

Studied at Maidstone College of Art (BA Hons, Fine Art); awarded
1974 Awarded the David Murray Scholarship for landscape painting
After leaving college, Judith taught drawing & painting at Adult Education Centres as well as ‘A’ level and GCSE Art and for the BTEC Design & Display course.
1998 Moved back to Kent to paint full time.


Other Society Memberships

Royal Society of British Artists (RBA), Small Painting Group

Scholarships, Awards & Prizes

2008 Humphrey's Purchase Prize at the Discerning Eye Exhibition
2005 The UBS Award at the RBA Exhibition
2003 The de Laszlo Medal at the RBA Exhibition
2002 The Artist's Magazine Prize at the RBA Exhibition
2001 The Fabbrica Prize at the RBA Exhibition
1998 Christie's Award, New English
1990 Open College Award at the Britain’s Painters Exhibition
1989 Goldline Oil Painting Award at Britain’s Painters Exhibition

Past Exhibitions

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Royal Society of British Artists Open Exhibition
Royal Institute of Oil Painters Open Exhibition
Discerning Eye (including invited artist by William Bowyer RA and John Deston)
Russell Gallery, Putney, London (group & two solo exhibitions)
Geedon Gallery, Fingringhoe, Colchester, Essex
Jerram Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset
Josephine Harpur Gallery, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk