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. As flickers of starlight in a constellation of living bodies, the figures in my paintings are solitary, but not alone. The inward moment they are captured in; their form fusing with paint, marks and textures, acts as a portal to spaces behind knowledge, a sensory sea of feeling, a self beneath our belief of the self. Us, simultaneously set in consciousness and clay. Symbolised in paint are the comforting and familiar objects which reveal themselves through the haze of daily life. A repetition of natural reminders cutting through a technology-driven Age. The horizon in your periphery as you travel. The tree you see every morning unrewardingly standing as the backbone to your inner monologue. City lights floating on water at night, flowers scattered like fallen stars on the land, silhouettes of hills behind buildings, birds, blossom, branches, our own personal talismans of nature and living. Motifs and markers that guide us subliminally. And like the movement of migrating birds we connect. Our dreams and designs launching into the cosmos, gravitating towards kin, leaving invisible threads with which to weave a life. These themes are the crux of my work, meandering across the territory of the Human Condition, exploring the constant dialogue, contrasts and tensions between the lives we lead and the lives we feel, our outer and inner worlds, the spaces between the parts. Exploring our individuation as well as our innate connections to nature, time and ultimately to each other. Telling the story of us 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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