Pandora Mond was educated at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford (1979-82) and has painted all of her adult life. Mond lived for many years on Exmoor in the west of England before returning to her roots in Norfolk.
Her inspiration and reference has always been the natural world, with a specific interest in the sea. Mond explores the subject by pushing beyond the elements, creating works with gestural and painterly strokes, using oils and mixed media, often on a large scale. At first appearing abstract, yet in moments the representational detail becomes visible, like the waves on the surface of the sea. With this, Mond tempts the viewer to look beyond the surface of the paint and depart into a poetic world of infinite possibilities, embodied by the sea's vastness, its profound force of nature and the juxtaposition with serenity and tranquillity.
Mond’s subject matter also extends beyond our planet to regions of outer space. In 2014 she received a fellowship to study extra solar planets with the astrophysicists at Exeter University. What followed was an extensive body of work that explored the terrain of planets not yet visible to the researching scientists.
Mond’s work has been shown extensively across the UK and abroad, in solo and group exhibitions alike and at art fairs. These include an annual show at Houghton Hall in Norfolk; the Hospital Club in Covent Garden, London; ‘Sensibilities of Belonging’ curated by NoonPowell Gallery, Mall Galleries, London; London Art Fair, ‘Exoplanets’ at La Maison des Polytechniciens in Paris; LAPADA, Berkeley Square, London; The Royal West of England Academy; Cadogan Contemporary Gallery, London, Sotheby’s, London and Jonathan Clark, London.
Pandora Mond presently works from her studio in Norfolk.