Artist biography

About Shirley Kirkcaldy, the artist:

Shirley Kirkcaldy is a contemporary landscape artist living at the edge of Dartmoor. Which, enables her to visit both moor and seaside seeking inspiration. Her love of the Devon and Cornish coastlines, greatly informs her work.

Equally important, are Shirley's accolades. She is a member of the South West Academy. And exhibits her work regularly throughout the Southwest and London. Recently, she set up her own gallery studio - Edge West Studio - in Yealmbridge alongside textile artist Jackie Gale.

Depicting a feeling, Shirley Kirkcaldy's work:

Above all, what the artist experiences when in the landscape is what inspires. Depicting the feeling rather than all its detail. Shirley has an explorative approach to her practice. Which is both experimental yet grounded and coherent. Isolating what interest hers, what excites. Resulting in an explosion of colour, contrast, light and texture. These elements are significant. Since they form the foundation for what she aims to capture on canvas. An ‘intuitive response to a place and time’.

She works expressively in either oil or acrylic. Creating original paintings and limited edition prints. That are developed from the prolific drawings and visual notes she makes on location. Then, back in the studio, the etched memories of her location visit alongside her notes combine on the canvas. By subtracting or abstracting information, final images move further away from documentary and towards anonymity. Thus, she is inviting the viewer to form their own interpretation whilst always conveying a personal significance. And this, is what creates masterpieces such as “View from the Window, Heybrook”.

More Art at Tidal Gallery:

Make sure to look at all other Shirley Kirkcaldy works for sale. Including originals and limited edition prints.
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