Ritual and Repetitions
Our next online art exhibition will feature new work by the award-winning artist, Faye Bridgwater.
Ritual and Repetitions brings together fifteen new paintings created by Bridgwater during lockdown over the winter of 2020. All of the works are inspired by the landscape of the Sussex Downs around Brighton, where the artist lives and works.
The title of the exhibition is a reference to Bridgwater’s rigorous creative process, which follows a ritual of documenting, drawing and distilling. She starts every new painting by walking the countryside, revisiting places and views over days and weeks to record details that others might miss. In her studio, she installs numerous canvases across her walls and draws and writes directly onto each one, working across all the paintings at once and refining her ideas over time.
Along with fluorescent pinks and dazzling yellows, the new paintings feature a vibrant green, a colour Bridgwater has not been drawn to before, that is inspired by Glyndebourne. ‘The green reflects on seeing Glyndebourne’s gardens for the first time,’ Faye explains. ‘Anyone who visits Glyndebourne must be blown away by the approach. There are breathtaking views on all sides. Then you discover these beautiful grounds in the middle of the hills. Like a secret garden, full of colour and interesting natural shapes, even in the middle of winter. I’m lucky I can escape to my studio’, she says, ‘when others can’t go outside. I want to fill the room with wonderful bright colours when it’s grey out there and create joy through paint’.
Ritual and Repetitions – acrylic, pencil, coloured pencil and pastel (100 x 200 cm)
About the Artist
Faye Bridgwater (b.1978) is a landscape painter, living and working in Brighton. She studied photography under Matthew Finn at West Herts College before undertaking a degree in Sculpture at Sheffield Hallam University. She has exhibited across the UK, most recently at the Mall Galleries for Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and for the Society of Women Artists’ Open Exhibition. In 2020, Bridgwater was awarded The Derwent Art Prize (People’s Choice) and The John Purcell Paper Prize for her work ‘140 Monochrome Studies of Sussex’.
Bridgwater is the founder of Brighton Skies, an online community of 18,000 photographers and artists who document Brighton and the surrounding area.