Lara Cobden

Lara Cobden

Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom

About Lara Cobden

Biography

Lara Cobden is a figurative painter living and working in Norfolk. Following a degree in Painting at the University of Brighton, Lara spent 11 years in Ireland before relocating to East Anglia. Her work has been exhibited in the UK and internationally.



'Focusing on memory and sense of place, the paintings are a subjective and individual response to the natural world around me, seeing the fantastical and magical in nature.
I hope there is both a stillness and fluidity in my work; in the ordinary - a sense of reverence.
Paintings evolved from remembered landscapes and casual snapshots, shimmer and shift in and out of focus, both misty and precise. This balance is also contained within the composition of a painting; presence and absence.

The thread pulling this work together is about 'coming home', belonging; or conversely a sense of ' unbelonging'. '

Education

1992-1995 Brighton University Sussex England BA Hons Fine Art

Events

Selected Awards
2019 - Awarded Chair's Purchase Prize - ING Discerning Eye Mall Galleries London
2019 - Shortlisted Westmorland Landscape Prize - Penrith Cumbria
2019 Lynn Painter Stainers Prize - Awarded 2nd Prize
2019 Jackson's Art Prize - Longlisted
2018 Wells Art Contemporary Awards - Winner of Parker Harris Mentoring Award
2018 Sir John Hurt Art Prize - Exhibited Shortlist - Holt Norfolk
2017 - ING Discerning Eye - Exhibited Shortlist - Mall Galleries London
2017 RWA 165 Annual Open Exhibition - Royal West if England Academy Bristol
2017​​ SWA Annual Summer Exhibition - Awarded The Artist Editor’s Choice Award - Mall Galleries
2017​​ Sir John Hurt Art Prize - Exhibited Shortlist - Holt Norfolk
2016​​ ING Discerning Eye - Exhibited Shortlist - Mall Galleries London
2016​​ 1st Prize winner - Holt Festival Art Prize - Norfolk
2016​​ Society of Women Artists - Exhibited Shortlist - Mall Galleries London
2016​​ Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize - Exhibited Shortlist - Mall Galleries London
2015​​ National Open Art Competition - Exhibited Shortlist - The Royal College of Art
2015​​ 1st Prize winner - Paint Out Wells - En Plein Air Competition
2015​​ The Painted World - Exhibited Shortlist - Saatchi Art Los Angeles
2012 ​​Holt Festival Art Prize - Exhibited Shortlist - Holt Norfolk
2008​​ Norwich Castle Open Art Show Norfolk - Exhibited Shortlist - East Anglian Art Fund
2008​​ Norfolk Contemporary Art Competition - Exhibited Shortlist - The Forum Norwich

Recently selected for the Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition, Lara was awarded The Artist Editor’s Choice Award, for work to be used in an article in the Magazine.
This year Lara had a painting pre-selected for the Royal Academy Summer Show.
Last November she had two paintings selected for the ING Discerning Eye curated exhibition - one piece by Dan Coombs and another by Chris Orr RA.
Lara was awarded 1st prize at the Sir John Hurt Art Prize, with her painting Into the Enchanted Garden, in July 2016. She was also selected to exhibit in the 155th Society of Women Artists Annual Open Submission Exhibition in July 2016.
Lara’s painting, ’Alternative Eden’, was selected for the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize exhibition, at the Mall Galleries in March 2016.
A finalist in the National Open Art Competition, she exhibited in the Finalists ‘Winter’ exhibition at the Royal College of Art, London 21st October - 1st November 2015.
In September 2015 Lara won 1st Prize in the Plein Air painting competition Paint Out Wells and was awarded her first Artist Residency in the Cill Rialaig Project, Co. Kerry in June 2016.

Art Fairs attended include Art Fair East, Norwich, Affordable Art Fair in London and Stockholm,

Exhibitions

2019 The Arborealists Art of the Tree National Memorial Arboretum Staffordshire December 2019- March 2020
2019 ING Discerning Eye - Mall Galleries London
2019 Westmorland Landscape Prize Rheged Centre Penrith Cumbria
2019 'If we opened people up we'd find landscapes' (Agnés Varda): 4 June - 27 July Fairhurst Gallery Norfolk
2019 The Arborealists and Guests: The Young Gallery Sailsbury
2019 Lynn Painter Stainers Prize - Mall Galleries London
2018 Wells Art Contemporary Awards Exhibition Somerset
2018 Arborealists – Mariners Gallery St Ives Cornwall
2018 The Art of the Tree by the Arborealists-East - Flatford Mill Suffolk
2018 Arborealists and Guests – featuring Paul Nash - Black Swan Gallery Frome Somerset
2018 Sir John Hurt Art Prize - Holt Norfolk
2018 The Arborealists: Art of the Tree - The John Davies Gallery - Moreton-in-Marsh Gloucestershire
2018 Fairground - Fairhurst Gallery Norwich
2017 ING Discerning Eye - Mall Galleries London
2017 RWA 165 Annual Open Exhibition - Royal West if England Academy Bristol
2017​​ SWA Annual Summer Exhibition - Mall Galleries London
2016​ ​ING Discerning Eye - Mall Galleries London
2016​​ Holt Festival Art Prize - Holt Norfolk
2016​​ SWA Annual Summer Exhibition - Mall Galleries London
2016​​ Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize - Mall Galleries London
2015​​ PAiNT Exhibition - Undercroft Norwich​​
2015​​ Pre-Selected for the Columbia Threadneedle Prize
2015​​ National Open Art Competition - The Royal College of Art
2015​​ Germination Chelsea Fringe Exhibition Espacio Gallery London 2015
2015​​ Short listed - Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize - Mall Galleries London
2014​​ Anteros Selected Open Submission - Anteros Gallery Norwich Norfolk
2013​​ Halesworth Arts Festival - The Cut Suffolk invited artist in the 2013 NOA exhibition
2013​​ National Open Art exhibition - short-listed NOAC exhibition
2013​​ Metaphysical Objectivity in Comparison with Realism – Lloyd Gill Gallery Somerset
2013​​ Wonder of Nature – Store Street Gallery Bloomsbury London
2012 ​​Holt Festival Art Prize - Juried Exhibition Holt Norfolk
2012 ​​Wey Gallery Summer Show - Godalming Surrey
2012 ​​East Anglian Sea/Landscapes - Cambridge Contemporary Art Gallery
2012​​ Red Dot Gallery Spring Show - Holt Norfolk
2011​​In Bloom - Wey Gallery Godalming Surrey
2011​​Joint Show -Corte Real Gallery – Paderne Algarve Portugal
2010​​ Shades of Summer - Wey Gallery Godalming Surrey
2009​​ Summer Show - Cambridge Contemporary Art Trinity Street Cambridge
2008​​ Norwich Castle Open Art Show Norfolk
2008​​ NCAS Juried Exhibition - The Forum Norwich


Educational and Residencies
2016​​ Artist Residency - Cill Rialaig Project Kerry, Ireland June 2016
1992-1995​ BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting - University of Brighton