Approved: 16.08.2006

Stella Tripp

Artist, Maker

Approved: 16.08.2006

My work involves a challenging exploration of what art can do. An awareness of the history of art informs and enriches the visual language I use. Years ago, in America, I stopped using rectangular stretched canvas and started building makeshift constructions to paint on, that better reflected my situation and my state of mind. I studied art from different cultures and times: exploring the nature of art in the light of cultural and societal conditioning opened my eyes to unlimited possibilities.

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  • Location: Exeter, South West
  • Activities: Participatory projects, Private commissions, Publishing, Exhibitions programme, Studio practice
  • Categories: Ceramics, Drawing, Installation, Mixed Media, Painting
  • Tags: mixed media, fragility, absurdity, sculpture, colourful, abstract, intricate, memory, imagination, environment
 
 
 

Biography

My work involves a challenging exploration of what art can do. An awareness of the history of art informs and enriches the visual language I use. Years ago, in America, I stopped using rectangular stretched canvas and started building makeshift constructions to paint on, that better reflected my situation and my state of mind. I studied art from different cultures and times: exploring the nature of art in the light of cultural and societal conditioning opened my eyes to unlimited possibilities.

I work completely openly, questioning everything and making connections. Inspiration comes from the totality of experience: things I think, feel, hear, remember, as well as what I see; and I interpret it using a broad art vocabulary in a variety of media. The process of creating is important: an engagement with the physical sensuality of materials; the challenge of combining real shapes and textures with painted ones: the alchemy of transformation. I like to work around the edges and in the gaps: between drawing, painting and sculpture, between figurative work and abstraction - exploring the nature of reality, both gentle and brutal: the fragility of the world and our engagement with it – and revelling in the language of art.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training

1983 - MFA, Southern Illinois University, USA

1981 - MA Fine Art, Eastern Illinois University, USA

1976 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, Portsmouth Polytechnic

Selected Solo exhibitions

2016 - Displace Meant Activity, Gallery 333, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter Devon

2015 - Pop-Up Gallery, Exeter, Devon

2013 - Exeter Open Studios, Exeter, Devon

2006 - High Steel Blues, IAIS, University of Exeter, Exeter, Devon

2005 - "Summer Collection", Phoenix Arts Centre, Exeter, Devon

2004 - "Constructions in Colour", Atelier Gallery, University of Exeter, Devon

2000 - "The Spider's Palace", Art Haven, Exeter, Devon

1995 - "Seeds Of Celebration", International Cultural Center for Youth, Jerusalem, Israel

Selected Group exhibitions

2015 - Roper Gallery, BAS, Bath

2015 - Definitely Devon, RAMM Exeter, Devon

2015 - The Art of Caring, Rose Theatre, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey

2014 - The Bowie Gallery, Totnes, Devon (also 2009 - 13);

2014 - Hidden Treasure Tearoom, Exeter (also 2013)

2014 - Art@96, Topsham, Devon (also 2013)

2013 - Creekside Open, A.P.T. Gallery, London

2013 - Art Haven@ Redearth Gallery, Tiverton, Devon (also 2011, 2012)

2011 - The Bowie Gallery, Totnes, Devon (also 2009, 2010) 

2011 - Magnet Art: Light Bite, Nottingham; Brighton Open, Brighton Pier; Rarities, Hastings,

2011 - MOAP, New Hampshire, USA 

2009 - Art Haven: Same River Different Water, Piazza Terracina, Exeter

2009 - Drawn In , Sidcot Arts Centre, Winscombe, Somerset

2008 - Art Haven 2008, Gallery 86, Crediton, Devon

2008 - Cork Street Annual Open Exhibition for Charity, Cork Street Gallery, London

2007 - The Big Works, Gallery Terracina, Exeter, Devon

2005 - "Reasons to Love the Earth", Leeuwenbergh, Utrecht

2005 - "Small Originals", Gallery 22, Ashburton, Devon

2005 - Art Bar Live, Exeter, Devon 2004 - "On The Wall", Olympia, London

2002 - Hands On Touring Art, Burton Art Gallery, Torre Abbey & Torquay Museum, Bideford & Torquay, Devon

2001 - JAA, Candid Gallery, London

2000 - "The Interface Between Art, Science & Technology", New Greenham Arts, Newbury, Berkshire

2000 - Visual Arts Festival, Torre Abbey, Devon