Daphne Gradidge b. 1953
Daphne Gradidge studied at Winchester School of Art 1972-73, followed by theatre design at Nottingham 1973-76 and post-graduate at the Slade 1979-81. She worked initially in theatre, then on the painting and restoration of murals in public and private buildings, with two years as artist-in-residence at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester. Since the 1990s she has focused on her personal interests, in studio-based painting.
- 1979-1981 Slade School of Fine Art. Postgraduate Theatre Design
- 1973-1976 Nottingham Art School, Theatre Design. Won a travel bursary from the Royal Society of Arts and visited Florence
- 1972-1973 Winchester School of Art, Foundation Course
- 2013 Anthony Hepworth Fine Art, Bath
- 2009 Turners Sims, University of Southampton
- 2003 Jonathan Cooper, Park Walk Gallery at The Watercolours Fair, Park Lane Hotel, London
- 2002 Jonathan Cooper, Park Walk Gallery, Chelsea, London
- 2001 Jonathan Cooper, Park Walk Gallery at The Watercolours Fair, Park Lane Hotel, London
- 2000 Anthony Hepworth Fine Art at Gallery 27, Cork Street, London W1
- 2018 Selected for Mottisfont Abbey Open
- 2017 Selected for Quay Arts Open, and the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition
- 2016 Selected for exhibitions at Southampton Art Gallery and Mottisfont Abbey
- 2015 Selected for the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries
- 2014 Selected for The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
- Selected for The Mottisfont Open Exhibition at Mottisfont Abbey
- 2013 Selected for the Salisbury Open Drawing Exhibition
- 2012 Selected for The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
- 2011 Anthony Hepworth Fine Art at the London Art Fair, Islington
- 2010 Selected for the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries
- 2009 Anthony Hepworth Fine Art at the London Art Fair, Islington
- Exhibited with fellow Art Workers Guild members at Tower 42, London
- 2007 Selected for the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries, London
- 2006 Exhibited with other Art Workers Guild members at ‘The Corn Exchange’, London EC3
- 2005 Joint exhibition at the Oakham Gallery, St. James’s, London
- Bell Fine Art, Winchester.
- Contributed to ‘Whistler For All’ at Mottisfont Abbey
- 2004 Bell Fine Art, Winchester
- 2002 Jonathan Cooper at the Watercolours Fair, Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly
- 2001 Selected for The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
- 1998-2000 Anthony Hepworth Fine Art at: 20th Century British Art Fairs, Royal College of Art; Fine Art & Antiques Fairs, London; The London Contemporary Art Fair, Art98
- 1996-2003 Frequently showed at The Gallery, Dorchester and Beatrice Royal Gallery, Eastleigh.
- Artist Statement
- My painting has developed in the direction of a kind of figurative minimalism, from a practice which looked like, but was not intended to be, illustration. An illustrator's convention of leaving unpainted spaces around realistically painted objects has always appealed to me, because images that are painted in isolation rather than as part of a scene present their abstract visual qualities more clearly. Looking back, I can see the consistent theme of space, figure and ground. My intuitive choices have led to an increasing focus on the essentials of this theme.
I choose objects for their abstract visual qualities, and tend to compose with rational formality. The painted images can be read individually, isolated within ambiguous space, but in total they are intended to contribute to emergent aesthetic properties that arise from particular schemes of repetition and spacing.
AN ECLECTIC EYE19 Nov - 18 Dec 2019Modern British & Contemporary Paintings, Tribal Art, and an exhibition of Sculpture, Small Paintings & Studies by Peter Seal.
VIBRANCY: A CELEBRATION OF COLOUR IN CONTEMPORARY BRITISH ART16 Jul - 23 Aug 2019Including work by: Stewart Geddes Daphne Gradidge Julia Atkinson Melissa Hartley Peter Lloyd-Jones Peter Seal Maria Wojdat
PAINTING AND SCULPTURE BY GALLERY ARTISTS29 Jan - 20 Feb 2019