polly Bagnall

polly Bagnall

London, London, United Kingdom

About polly Bagnall

I have been an artist since the 1980’s and my work has developed over that period, at times very experimental, at others more representational. My paintings are my subjective response to a place or a moment.
My recent large format landscape paintings (some over two metres long) come from the experience of long-distance hikes I have undertaken in Spain and Nepal. I often set out alone with a tent and rucksack and make notes and sketches en route. Back in the studio I manipulate the composition to capture the size, majesty, or vitality of a place, and my sense of being within or walking through the landscape.
In my 'performative' abstract work I have experimented using mark-making tools attached to my body to create the painting. The Dance Suite series of paintings are improvised collaborations with a jazz musician and my gestural marks create a dynamic response to the music.
My work, abstract and figurative, uses strong and nuanced colour to convey mood and emotion. The dark landscapes of the Bayoul series convey not only the monstrous awesomeness of the Himalayas, but painted during 2020 they are a metaphor for the journey to find a way through the dark days of the pandemic. The Tsum Valley is a bayoul or sacred valley, and was my destination in Nepal, and this magical, holy valley also came to symbolise hope in the paintings.


Art Foundation- West Surrey College of Art and Design 1981
BA- Bretton Hall, University of Leeds 1983
Post Graduate diploma Art Psychotherapy Goldsmiths 1987
MA- City & Guild of London Art School 2012


Exhibits at Dulwich Festival, London during May as part of the Artist's Open House. An opportunity for collectors to buy work and meet the artists.
Studio visits (SPACE, SE London) can also be arranged by prior appointment.


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Group shows include:

Serpentine Centre for Possible Studies

The Other Art Fair 2012; 2013 & 2017

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Solo shows
Battersea Pump House
Rollo Contemporary Art