Angie Spencer Paintings Contemporary British landscape painter
About the Artist
Nature and the Environment
I see myself as an contemporary British landscape painter who works within the Romantic tradition. I like to start paintings 'en plein air' to really capture the essence of place as well direct observation of colour.
The Romantic movement had an emphasis on subjectivity and the importance of the individual, especially an individual's emotional responses and the importance of imagination.
Likewise my aim is not simply to reproduce Nature, but to respond to it and imbue my paintings with my own emotional response to it. As John Constable famously said 'Painting is but another word for feeling'
My paintings begin with contemplative plein air sketches, either in oils or drawing materials, or I start the painting outside. I am then able to feel the full presence of the place I am studying. 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'
The landscape has always inspired me, since early childhood. 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 find their way into my paintings as do the wilder places in Wales, Scotland and the west coast of Ireland.
Human activity often thoughtlessly destroys Nature rather than working within the laws of its naturally balancing ecosystem. I do what I can to help protect the environment by donating 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
Music evokes visual imagery 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! I enjoy painting in the studio directly in response to music.
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 was 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.
Playing music with others is 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, May 2021
Charities I have donated to:
Greenpeace Save the Whales
The Orangutan Foundation,
The Woodland Trust,
WWF Save the Arctic,
Chris Packham's Wild Justice
Trees for Life
Back from the Brink
Hedgehog Preservation Trust
The Severn River Trust
The UK Wolf Conservation Trust
The World Land Trust (buy an acre)
The Fox Project
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
World Wildlife Fund
Selected Past Exhibitions:
Solo Show 'A Stone's Throw' Gardens Gallery Cheltenham. April 2021
Solo Show 'Remembered Spaces' Gardens Gallery Cheltenham. September 2020
'Moors' included in the Broadway Arts Festival exhibition online Summer 2020
Solo Show The Musical Eye 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
'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