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Jillian Eldridge - About my work and me

Looking out at a field, a hedge, fluttering of green in a breeze, new buds and new growth. The subtle colours on the trunk of a tree, sunshine dappling through branches onto a surface of subtle greens, browns oranges and greys. The shy flit of birds in the canopy, the buzz of a bumblebee weaving its way through the air, a moth hiding in the leaves resting until dark. Surrounded by natural life, but in reality so little of it remaining.

I work in oil paint and watercolour and love to draw with graphite pencil. My paintings, once purely of abstraction now have a more figurative quality, and as I watch the patch of world around my home more intently, they take on a deeper meaning. Earlier paintings came about through an interest in migration both ancient and in the present day, human and animal/bird/insect, and this is still highly relevant to current concerns with so many of our migrating species arriving in ever diminishing numbers.


My concern for the diminishing countryside and natural habitat influences my work. I split my time

between meadow restoration and painting, and  through doing so, my paintings become more about that landscape. I am engrossed in the life cycles of flowers, insects, birds, trees and their vital interconnectedness.

My drawings are objects in themselves, rather than notes for painting, though the act of drawing is both highly enjoyable and a method of practice too. Whilst my paintings are a spontaneous reaction to my immediate world of landscape, weather, vegetation and animal life, they are also the joyful experience of use of a brush applying richness of colour to a surface to create on object of beauty. 

Education 

2004 - 2006

Brighton University. MA Fine Art (Practice and Theory)

1994 - 1997

Wimbledon School of Art. BA (Fine Art) Hons

1993 - 1994

Hastings College of Art and Technology. Foundation

Exhibitions 

Solo

2018

Thompson Spare Art, Tunbridge Wells

2017

One One Six Gallery, Tenterden 

2015

Leytonstone Art Trail, Leytonstone, London

2015

2008-2015

Londonnewcastle Project Space, Shoreditch, London

South East Open Studios

2009

The Arts Forum, Hastings

2004

2003

The Greenstede Gallery, East Grinstead

Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery

2003

2002

The Stables Gallery, Hastings

Jason Kirk Originals, Covent Garden, London

2001-2002

The Richard Coleman Consultancy, Blackfriars, London

2001

2001

The Global Cafe, Golden Square, London

CMYK Designs, London

Group

2018

Rye Creative Centre  (with Veronique Marie)

2013

2010-2013

Greenstede Gallery, East Grinstead (with Sarah Flack)

Rye Society of Artists

2009-2015

Rye Creative Centre, Rye

2007-2012

Rye Art Gallery

2008-2010

Coastal Currents

2008

Francis Iles Galleries, Rochester

2007

2006

Heronry Barn Gallery Space

Final Show, University of Brighton

2005

Interim Show, University of Brighton

2005

The Stables Gallery, Hastings

2003-2005

The 'A' Gallery, Wimbledon

2003-2004

Rye Art Gallery

2001

Rye Art Gallery

1997

Wimbledon Library Gallery

1997

The Cut Gallery, Waterloo