Yvonne Coomber

Yvonne Coomber

Devon, South West of England, United Kingdom

About Yvonne Coomber

I trained in Sussex, England and have been working as a full-time professional painter since 2002. My contemporary paintings are held in private and public collections worldwide. The paintings are created using a multitude of layers and are deeply connected to nature. I work exclusively with oil paints and I believe my work communicates all that is good in the world.


My rainbow drenched paintings sing of wild tumbling hedgerows, tangled meadowlands, open moorlands and magical forests. They whisper of love. My intention is to transport the viewer to an effervescent place of happiness that is literally saturated in joy. A place where paint smiles.

The materials I use are extremely important. A mixture of oils, inks, glosses, glazes, fine glitter and gold leaf are applied in a multitude of layers. Washes are built up to form a work that is infused with colour. Paintbrushes, sponges, rags, palette knives and fingers are all used to create the finished piece. The result is a kaleidoscopic jewel like composition of rich pigments that prismatically opens up to reveal the radiance and beauty of nature.

I always works outside, so lacy ice and howling gales have as much influence on the final painting as scorching sunshine and gentle breezes. The weather in a very direct way dictates how and where the paint falls. The creation of the piece is a very physical demanding process that requires my all. The initial marks evolve from an energetic dance around the canvas and the process is full of raw emotion and passion.

In the early stages of an image I throw, rub, dribble and pour rich stains onto linen responding to internal and external landscapes as they unfold themselves. However, in the final piece there is also a quiet calm and peacefulness present in each image. A place for the soul to rest. A place for dreams to unfold.

Spontaneous and instinctively my paintings demand risk, courage and a weaving of magic out of what emerges. Surrendering to the canvas I touch the place where mystery lies.



I was brought up on a farm and spent much of her childhood in Ireland, my mother’s homeland. Inspired by the world and all it contained, I travelled widely in my twenties with a thirst for exploration and discovery. During this period I spent time living and working in Australia, Africa and Europe. One of my most formative journeys was spent with a horse-drawn community in England, discovering ancient, sacred and forgotten parts of our land.

My relentless spirit of curiosity and deep enquiry led me to pursue a degree in Philosophy and Literature at Brighton University. A formal fine art training in Sussex was the springboard for my paintings. I now live in Devon with my husband and fellow artist Mike Boyer and have four children.

Events

Art Fairs 2019
7th– 11thMarch London Affordable Art Fair, Battersea

26th-28th April Fresh Art Fair, Cheltenham

9th-12th May London Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead

10th-12th May Dulwich Open Studios, London

17th-19th May Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair, Scotland

18th-19th May Dulwich Open Studios, London

24th-27th May Totnes Open Studios, Totnes

1st-4th August BBC Countryfile Live Show, Blenheim Palace

7th – 22nd September Devon Open Studios, Totnes

20th-22nd September Fresh Art Fair, Ascot

7th-11th November Country Living Fair in London

15th-17th November Chester Art Fair, Chester Racecourse.

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2019
Signet Contemporary Gallery / London - London, United Kingdom
Art5 Gallery / Brighton - Sussex, United Kingdom
2018
Signet Contemporary Gallery / London - London, United Kingdom
Art5 Gallery / Brighton - Sussex, United Kingdom
2017
Art5 Gallery / Brighton - Sussex, United Kingdom
2017
AAF London / LONDON - London, United Kingdom
2016
Gaslamp Gallery / Ireland - Gorey, Ireland
2015
Art5 Gallery / Brighton - Sussex, United Kingdom
2015
D’Art Gallery / Dartmouth - Dartmouth, United Kingdom
2015
Imagaination Gallery / Bath - Bath, United Kingdom
2014
Art5 Gallery / Brighton - Sussex, United Kingdom
2012
2012 Galerie Archange, Paris / Paris - Paris, France
2012
Lyndhurst Gallery / New Forest - Lyndhurst, United Kingdom
2011
Paragon Gallery / Exeter - Devon, United Kingdom
2009
The Brownston Gallery / Modbury - Devon, United Kingdom
2009
Paragon Gallery / Exeter - Devon, United Kingdom
2007
2007 Over the Moon Gallery, St Agnes (solo) / St Agnes - Cornwall, United Kingdom
2001
Hanover Centre, Arts Festival / Brighton - Sussex, United Kingdom