Liz Ridgeway

Having been encouraged in painting by my father, an established artist and life drawing teacher, I took my degree in Art History with Fine Art at Cambridgeshire College of Arts in 1985, and began to exhibit my paintings in 1997. I was awarded first prize in the Tabernacl Art Prize from the Museum of Modern Art Wales, as well as The Green City Art Prize in Birmingham, after which the painting was obtained by the city, for the Mayor’s parlour. In 2002, Birmingham Women’s Hospital commissioned 5 works, and more recently my image ‘The Housemaid’ was published as a book cover for Hector Tizon’s ‘La Mujer de Strasser’. In 2001, I was elected Member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and I then exhibited with the NEAC in London for a 3 years. I have exhibited widely in mixed and solo shows with galleries around the UK. I now live in the beautiful and rugged countryside of Finistère in France, and I love being part of Europe and its culture, which is reflected in my work. I aim to capture something of the dignity, vulnerability and tenderness of our experience in the faces of the people I paint. The composition and emotion of each painting develops as I work, which when reflected on uncover a subtle narrative with layers of meaning.