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Dr Angela Summerfield is a contemporary landscape artist, whose childhood was spent in North Yorkshire and London. She now lives in rural North Gloucestershire.
During October 2022, we are delighted to present a curated solo exhibition of Angela's work titled Tree Lives: A Celebration of our Green Canopies at NoonPowell Gallery . This exhibition includes a number of large oil paintings and works from ongoing series in honour of the Queen's Green Canopy initiative. It runs from the 7th - 29th October. A QR code is featured on the Exhibition and Fairs page to access the press release.
Angela trained as a Fine Art oil painter and printmaker at the University of Leeds, followed by an MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute and a PhD in Art History and Curatorship from City University, London. She has been awarded a British Academy Scholarship, and in 2017 was short-listed for the prestigious Jerwood Visual Arts Artist Bursary. Angela is also a member of The Tate British Art Network: Landscape Subgroup. Alongside her arts practice, she has also worked as a senior curator at The Royal Academy of Art, London and as an art critic for The Spectator magazine.
Angela’s work is the outcome of many years of research into art history, art materials, and colour and light theories applied to painting. She is actively engaged in developing original contemporary categories for landscape painting which explore experiences of the rural and natural environments.
Angela refers to her studio paintings and prints as ‘re-presentations of Nature,’ which combine figurative and abstract elements based on careful sketchbook studies and notes, her extensive knowledge of colour and light theories, and her interest in poetry and composers such as Arvo Pärt and John Tavener. Trees figure often in Angela’s work, and in 2016 she was invited to join The Arborealists, an international association of artists concerned with the visualisation of trees. In 2018 she was invited to curate an exhibition exploring the concept of Empathy, within the context of landscape painting and sculpture. Angela has been invited to talk about her art work at prestigious events which include The Times and The Sunday Times, Cheltenham Literature Festival 2019 and The Tree Council’s National Tree Week 2020. She has published many articles and essays about contemporary art, most recently 'Green Truth - the forest as a unique creative space,' in 'Evolving the Forest,' art.earth publishing, ISBN 9780995719637, 2020.
Angela’s art practice includes an on-going series of oil paintings, ‘Tree-Nature Portraits.’ The square format references Dutch-17th century landscape painting, while the colours used are truly contemporary. Of these works Angela has written:'Trees are one of the most constant motifs of a landscape and have an anthropomorphic quality to which we can all relate. Other abstracted elements in the paintings are moons, suns and brush-stroke areas suggestive of skies and water. The background colours relate to the four seasons which mirror our own life-cycles, while the subtle use of halo-effects around the trees reference spiritual experiences. These paintings are also inspired by Russian Icons and other cultural forms of devotional art. By this I mean that the viewer develops a special relationship with the art work which has a presence within a room. The idea is that the experience of viewing an art work can be both joyous and profound.’
Angela has exhibited widely in both curated and competition exhibitions, such as ‘The Discerning Eye.’ Her works are held in private collections throughout the UK and abroad.