Angela Dierks

Artist statement

I am curious by nature, always ready to further explore new ideas and impressions. Much of my earlier range of work is concerned with memories and dreams peeling away at them layer by layer. Recent works are abstract representations of landscapes finding inspiration in the beauty of the outside world: gentle landscapes in the UK, the Arctic Circle, the warm and fiery tones of Mediterranean countryside, dramatic skyscapes and the movement of the sea. The landscapes are inspired not only by the visual markers of a landscape but also by the emotional impact they leave on the spectator.

I aim to lend as much ‘feel’ to my paintings as possible, ‘controlling’ the painting as much as possible while also allowing for more spontaneity and risk by applying paint in a variety of ways: smudging, scraping, flicking, squeezing and rubbing paint onto the canvas, scratching paint off and re-starting the process. The process thus mirrors the natural eroding process that happens in the development of landscapes.

My original education has been in literature and psychotherapy; both disciplines influence my work in terms of ideas and understanding of the real and imaginary world around me.

My work has been sold to art collectors internationally with many returning customers.

 

Biography

I was born in Germany but have lived in London since 1987. I originally studied literature as an undergraduate and postgraduate in London and Oxford and later changed my career after having completed a second MA in counselling and psychotherapy. I discovered my passion for painting later in life; both literature and psychotherapy have influenced my thinking and feeling and are reflected in my paintings. For the past 10 years I have painted with passion and enthusiasm, still learning on a daily basis and refining my practice as an artist. Part of the joy of painting for me is to move away from the restrictions of language and to discover new ways of expression through imagery. Art is play for me - I enjoy experimenting with textures, structures and colour.

 

Exhibitions

2016 Starfish Gallery and Coffee Shop, Palmers Green, London, solo exhibition

2015 Finch Restaurant and Lounge, East Finchley, London, solo exhibition

2015 Anthony Webb, Palmers Green, London, group exhibition

2015 Café Fresco, East Barnet, London, solo exhibition

2014 Designer Arts and Craft Fair, Southgate, London, group exhibition

2013 Designer Arts and Craft Fair, Southgate, London, group exhibition

2013 Open Studio and Arts Trail, Southgate, London, group exhibition

2006 Nolias Gallery, Islington London, group exhibition

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