5th - 7th June
Tutor: Toby Wiggins
‘A Sense of Place: To paint the landscape.’
Cezanne said "The landscape thinks itself in me, and I am its consciousness."
For me, to spend a day painting the landscape is always special. The journey out and the choices to stay or move on.
Time passes and the chosen place slowly reveals a few of its many faces. The light catches on previously hidden spots and things - bumps and ridges showing an ancient settlement or long forgotten road. The trees and hedges show off their habits and the habit of the wildlife within, revealing patterns of movement over land and through sky. Mans ceaseless activities are signposted; pollarding, hedging and fencing, ditching and copsing both recent and long forgotten. The continual cultivation of fields, ploughed land and stock grazing pasture. Clusters of buildings punctuate while roads, bridleways and footpaths crisscross into the distance like a living map spreading in all directions. All these things become vivid in the mind and integral to the mostly unconscious decisions made on the canvas. TW.
Toby is a visiting tutor at The Arts University at Bournemouth, The Art Academy, Heatherleys and the National Portrait Gallery.
1999 RA Post Graduate MA -‘Diploma in Painting’, Royal Academy Schools
1994 BA Hons Fine Art (1st), Falmouth College of Art and Design
2013 Prince of Wales Drawing Prize (RP)
2009 First Prize - The Lynn Painter Stainer Prize (Worshipful Company of Painter Stainers)
2007 University of Wales Purchase Prize (Print Originals, Mall Galleries)
2006 Elected member Royal Society Portrait Painters
2006 BP Travel Award (NPG)
2006 Changing Faces Prize (RP)
2005 Prince of Wales Drawing Prize (RP)
Royal Academy Summer Show, BP Portrait Award, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Holburne Portrait Prize, Royal West of England Academy, NEAC, Discerning Eye, Jerwood Drawing Prize.
Fine Art Society, University of Wales, Falmouth Art College, Bournemouth University, Somerset County Council, Dorset County Museum, Alleyns School Dulwich, Worshipful Company of Painter Stainers, Girton College Cambridge, Imperial College London