About Toni Cogdell
Sign up to my newsletter, details on my website www.toni-art.co.uk Toni was born in 1979 and now works from her studio in Bristol England. She works mainly in oil on canvas or linen. "This journey of making Art shapes the curve of my life, forming a dialogue between myself and the world, both a window and mirror, a continuous lesson on how to live. I’m drawn to the figure, the human form, seeking to capture an essence of physicality yet exploring the body as a vessel for emotions and consciousness, as a chord tying us in to nature and Time. In doing so my work oscillates between the personal and Universal, starting from my own experience and moving outwards with each layer of paint and mark made on canvas, looking to connect moments and cycles we might all share, a constellation of living bodies, lonely and loving. Of fears, faiths and loves. Pulling at our roots, examining and embracing our structuring to find ourselves, in darkness and light, quiet and noise. Fusing the language of figurative realism with painterly grounds and intuitive mark making around and within the figure, I am foraging for a kind of fulcrum between physical, everyday reality and the realm of emotion and thought, where the smallest moment or leaf can be sacred when seen through open eyes, where our stories can gently unfurl and be spoken. A Telling from the inside out, through painting, somewhere between a wish and a call to arms."
EducationBath School of Art, BA Hons in Fine Art, Painting, 2002University of the West of England, Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, 1999.AwardsRegional Shortlist, 'Big Art Challenge', Channel Five, November 2004Emerging Artist Award, Venue Magazine, December 2003Finalist, 'Not the Turner Prize', The Daily Mail, June 2003ExhibitionsHolburne Contemporary Portrait Prize, Holburne Museum of Art, Bath, 19th Sept - 10th December 2006.Selected Artists, Winter show 2006 at Clarion Contemporary Art, King Street, Hammersmith London. 'Bright Days' group selection at The Wonderwall Gallery, Cirencester, Feb - April 2006'Invited Artists "End of Year" ' at Malvern Theatres,Malvern,curated by The Cowleigh Gallery, Oct-Dec 2005. 'The Space Between', Solo Show, Clarion Contemporary Art, London July 2005. 'Figure and Space', Group Show, Clarion Contemporary Art, London, March 2005RWA 152nd Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, October-December 2004 RWA New Gallery, Solo Show, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, August 1st - August 28th 2004. Gallery Artist, The Lotus Gallery, Bath, 2003 - 2004RWA 151st Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, October - December 2003 The Daily Mail's 'Not the Turner Prize' Finalist Show, Mall Galleries, London, June 2003'Undercurrents', solo show, Walcot Chapel, Bath, April 2003RWA Friends Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, October- December 2002'Comma' Works from Bath School of Art, Old Truman Brewery Gallery, London, July 2002Bath School of Art Degree Show, Bath Spa University, Bath, May 2002 Gallery Artist with:Clarion Contemporary Art, LondonThe Cowleigh Gallery, Malvern. ,
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