Bridget Macdonald

Bridget Macdonald was born on the Isle of Wight and now lives and works in Malvern, Worcestershire. She trained in Fine Art at Stourbridge College of Art and Wolverhampton Polytechnic as a mature student in the mid 1980s. Her career has been marked by major solo exhibitions in public spaces including Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Worcester City Art Gallery where her paintings and drawings were hung alongside works by Claude Lorrain, Samuel Palmer and Peter Paul Rubens. Her work is held in the collections of Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Worcester City Art Gallery and the House of Lords, and in many private and corporate collections.

Her childhood landscape on the Isle of Wight has prompted an ongoing series of drawings and paintings featuring the area around St Catherine’s Lighthouse. Her present life in Malvern has produced paintings of the River Severn in flood near Worcester, and the orchards and countryside of Herefordshire.   Animals occur frequently, whether semi mythical beasts such as the Red Poll bull once owned by her grandfather, a beautiful mare in the country below the Malvern Hills, bulls and horses in the Camargue, or a hare glimpsed in an orchard in Prague on a winter afternoon.

Her work relates closely to art historical sources and her acknowledged influences include Venetian painters of the Italian Renaissance, Poussin, Claude Lorrain, Samuel Palmer, George Stubbs and others. She has also been inspired by poetry, particularly the work of Ezra Pound, Basil Bunting, Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney.

The selection of paintings shown in this exhibition are of coastal landscapes on the Isle of Wight and the Scilly Isles; the sprigs of bay and olive were picked when visiting ancient sites in Greece. ‘I am interested in human associations, connections and resonance and I try to achieve a meditative quality in the works rather than a straightforward description of a particular landscape or object’.

 

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