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Signet Contemporary Art London

Jill Barthorpe

English artist Jill Barthorpe was born in 1961 in Newark, Notts. A graduate of Slade School of Art, Jill won a European scholarship to paint in South-West France. She returned to London to establish a studio, continuing to spend half the year in France with frequent trips to work in Italy and Spain. Now entirely based in England she lives and works between studios in London and in rural Lincolnshire, where she retreats to the local flora and huge skies. Natural vistas here provide constant stimulation for her work. The idyllic Gratham countryside region helps inform the still lives she creates and lovely snapshots of everyday living.   Beautifully modulated, Jill’s paintings capture the likeness of objects without slavish description. Careful observation of the effects of light passing through her subject matter throughout the day allows her to exactly imply their essential character. The artist currently has a range of still life paintings featuring daffodils, apples and jugs of foliage which a rich in colour and luminosity. These enchanting pieces are highly sought after by collectors.   Over the past 35 years Jill has exhibited extensively in the UK and America. Her paintings have been selected for ‘Critics Choice’ exhibitions and sold through Christie’s contemporary art sales. Jill’s work also features in several important corporate and private collections.
“For me the excitement of painting is trying to capture the ‘likeness’ of things without slavish description. Paradoxically, I find the most interesting way to carve out this reality is to use objects of an ephemeral nature: trees, clouds, flowers; their constant movement and the passage of the light during the day forces me to make decisions about their essential character and to attempt to draw that, rather than rely on an impression based on the moment. Similarly, my approach to colour is to distil the essence and define the point of change rather than model the surface.” Jill Barthorpe
Recent Past Exhibitions  
  • 2023 Exhibition at Kelling Designs, London
  • 2022 Contemporary British Landscape Painting, British Art Portfolio
  • 2021 10th Anniversary Exhibition, British Art Portfolio