Angela Spencer Paintings   Contemporary British landscape painter

About the Artist 

Nature and the Environment

 

I see myself as an contemporary British landscape painter who works primarily within the Romantic tradition, in that for me Nature is alive, and an expression of Divinity.

 

I begin all of my paintings with contemplative plein air sketches, either in oils or drawing materials. In this way I am able to feel the full presence of the place I am studying and then remember it when I return to my studio to work on the finished canvas.  As Eugene Delacroix, one of my favourite painters, wrote 'The closer I am to the original sketch in all my small pictures, the more energy they gain' 

 

It is the landscape which has always inspired me, since early childhood in fact. I live now in the very soft, intimate landscape of the Cotswolds at Stroud, and I have found much inspiration in the quiet places near my home. The landscapes of my native North Yorkshire also populate my paintings as do the wilder places in Wales, Scotland and the west coast of Ireland.

The Romantic movement had an emphasis on subjectivity and the primacy of the individual, with especial attention given to an individual's emotional responses and the importance of imagination, and likewise my aim is not simply to reproduce Nature, but to respond to it and imbue my paintings with my individual emotional response to it.  As John Constable famously said 'Painting is but another word for feeling'

 

I am shocked by the way in which corporations, and some governments trample over, and destroy Nature rather than working within the laws of its naturally balancing ecosystem. It is for this reason that I always give 10% of the sale price of an original painting to environmental charities to honour the healing powers of Nature that inspire and help me, and to try to assist practically to address the balance.

Music as Inspiration

Often music will evoke an internal visual image in my mind...For instance, when I first played the 1st movement of Beethoven's quartet Op 18 no 3 my mind was filled with the image and scent of a mountainous pine forest - I cannot hear that music without being transported to that inner place! Many of my paintings are painted in the studio with both the original sketches and a response to specific piece of music. 

Music has always played a big part of my life. I started learning the violin at school when I was 10, and have played in orchestras since school as well as being part of more experimental, improvised projects. I have held the post of leader of the Stroud Symphony Orchestra, our local amateur orchestra, since May 2018. The highlight of that role has to be leading the orchestra in a performance of Carl Nielsen's extraordinary 4th Symphony 'the Inextinguishable' in November 2019 just before COVID-19 locked us down. I also play with the Capriol Chamber Orchestra and in chamber groups.

 

Working as a semi professional musician can be very rewarding, and I am sometimes lucky enough to be invited to collaborate professionally with others One such collaboration took place in the summer of 2019, when I  was delighted to be invited to work with soundscape artist and composer, Andrew Heath. I added an improvised violin part to his part soundscape, part classical music composition, 'Warp & Weft', which we premiered with amazing saxophonist, Lydia Kenny, in September 2019.    'Warp & Weft' is available here as an EP "

Angela Spencer, June 2020

Forthcoming Exhibitions  follow the link:

 

Charities I have donated to:

Greenpeace Save the Whales  

The Orangutan Foundation,

The Woodland Trust,

WWF Save the Arctic,

Chris Packham's Wild Justice

Butterfly Conservation

Trees for Life

Back from the Brink

Cool Earth

Hedgehog Preservation Trust

Stiggywinkles

The Severn River Trust

The UK Wolf Conservation Trust

 

 

Selected Past Exhibitions:

  • 'Moors' included in the Broadway Arts Festival exhibition online Summer 2020

  • Solo Show at The Tithe Barn, Syde Manor August Bank Holiday 2019

  • Solo Show 'Still Point' at The Gardens Gallery Cheltenham, April 17 -21,  2019

  • Hadfield Fine Art Autumn Exhibition November 3-18, 2018

  • 'Making a Mark', Little Buckland Gallery, 15-25 November 2018

  • Stroud Festival Exhibition at WWTSlimbridge - 21st September - 4th December 2018

  • Broadway Arts Festival exhibition at Little Buckland Gallery June 8 -17 2017

  • Hadfield Fine Art, 10th Anniversary Exhibition, (Group Show), 04 November to 19 November, 2017,South Paddock,Sevenhampton, Cheltenham GL54 5SW

  • Winter Exhibition 'Found' at The Old Passage, Arlingham, GL2 7JR, (Group show), November 29th 2017 - April 2018

  • Trixter Studios Open Weekend, 14th & 15th October, 2017,1st Floor, Trixter House,Eagle Mill, London Rd,Stroud, GL5 2AY

  • Passacaglia - solo show, the de Ferrieres Gallery,The Wilson, Cheltenham’s art gallery and museum,Clarence Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3JT, June 24 - Aug 6 2017

  • Passacaglia - Solo Show, Lansdown Gallery, Stroud, Gl5 1BB, November 2016

  • Bristol Affordable Art Fair, September 9 - 11, 2016

  • Autumn Exhibition, Hadfield Fine Art, Sevenhampton, Glos, November 5 - 20, 2016

  • 'Under a Wing' Solo Show The Gardens Gallery, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, March 23 - 29, 2016

  • Winter Exhibition, Hadfield Fine Art, Sevenhampton, Glos, February 13 - 28, 2016

  • Autum Exhibition, Hadfield Fine Art, Sevenhampton, Glos, November 7 - 22, 2015

  • 2 Quartets and Other Stories, Wotton Gallery, Wotton Under Edge, Sept 18 - Oct 3, 2015

  • Carducci Aldeburgh Complete Shostakovich Quartets, September 26-27 2015

  • Cheltenham Music Festival, Syde Manor Carducci Quartet Shostakovich Cycle, June 2015

  • Carducci Festival, Highnam, 2015

  • 'Edge of Seeing' with Philippa Gordon, Lansdown Hall & Gallery, Stroud, November 2014

  • 'Within Reach' with Philippa Gordon, Gardens Gallery, Cheltenham, April 2014  

  • 'A Little Stretch of Hedgerow', Star Anise Arts Cafe, Stroud, May 2013

  • 'Sublime/Serene' New Paintings at Star Anise Arts Cafe, Stroud, June 2012

 

 

 

 

 

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