About Toni Cogdell
Toni was born in 1979 and now works from her studio in Bristol England. She works mainly in oil on canvas or linen.
"I approach painting as if it's more excavation than creation. A deep furrowing through layers of thought and pigment, unearthing stories and longings and stillness, looking for a balance from which to make sense of things. I'm drawn back to the figure, the human form, time after time, seeking to capture an essence of physicality yet exploring the body as a vessel for emotions, consciousness, and as a chord tying us to the earth, nature, our origins."
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. ,