Approved: 16.08.2006

Wendy Abbott

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

I work predominantly in oil paint and acrylic, concerned with concepts of space within a two dimensional surface. I develop my ideas further through a crossover into sculpture, exploring notions of physicality in space. The three dimensional clay forms I create are closely informed by the paintings and vice versa. I am primarily concerned with the abstract qualities of space, colour and form. Through

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  • Location: Pickering, Yorkshire
  • Categories: Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking
 

Biography

I work predominantly in oil paint and acrylic, concerned with concepts of space within a two dimensional surface. I develop my ideas further through a crossover into sculpture, exploring notions of physicality in space. The three dimensional clay forms I create are closely informed by the paintings and vice versa. I am primarily concerned with the abstract qualities of space, colour and form. Through the compositions I intuitively arrange, I explore notions of movement and energy. I work in a direct manner inspired by firsthand experiences, sounds and images of the world. These in turn dictate the composition. Born in Leeds Wendy Abbott studied fine art at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, under Richard Hamilton (1962-1967), where she was awarded a Hatton Scholarship (1966-1967). She then studied for an MFA at the University of Reading, under Terry Frost and Claude Rogers (1967-1969). After this she taught at Reading University and was a visiting lecturer at Leeds University, under Lawrence Gowing.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training:
1969 - MA Fine Art, University of Reading 
1967 - BA Hons Fine Art, University of Newcastle 

Solo exhibitions:
2005 - Of Sea & Sky, Bircham Arts, Bircham, Norfolk
2001 - Headstreet Gallery, Halstead, Essex
1967 - Wendy Abbott Paintings, Derwent College, University of York

Group exhibitions:
2015 - East Coast Open, Scarborough Art Gallery, Scarborough 
2011 - East Coast Open, Scarborough Art Gallery, Scarborough
2010 - The Harrison Exhibition, York, York
2009 - Open Print, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2009 - RWA Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK
2006 - Ryedale Open Exhibition, Milton Rooms, Malton, North Yorkshire
2006 - Summer Exhibition, Kingston Gate Gallery, Kingston Upon Thames, London
2005 - Spring Exhibition, Hellaby Gallery, Downham Market, Norfolk
2004 - Summer Show, Bircham Arts, Bircham, Norfolk
2003 - Spring Exhibition, Bircham Arts, Bircham, Norfolk
2002 - Spring Exhibition, Hunter Gallery, Long Melford, Suffolk
2001 - Summer Exhibition, Inspires Gallery, Oxford

Educational experience:
1974 - Visiting Lecturer, University of Leeds Fine Art Department (until 1975)
1971 - Lecturer of painting, University of Reading (until 1974)