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Exclusively British, July/August 2017

Exclusively British, July/August 2017

In The Abstract

Having relocated from California to a remote studio in Cornwall, painter Trudy Montgomery is bringing together the influence of two historically important art cultures, and continuing a celebrated line of British abstraction that goes back 70 years.

The tradition of international exchange is a feature of Cornwall’s artistically important far west. Since the nineteenth century international artists – and perhaps more importantly, international ideas – have enriched an arts scene in and around the town of St Ives which is still recognized as among the most significant in Europe{...}

In 2016, one abstract painter whose work is now enriching the art culture of this unique area, came full circle in terms of both her location and her inspirations, returning to the UK after fourteen years in California, and moving to Cornwall with her own, unique variation of international art influences.

 
Cornwall Today, August 2017

Cornwall Today, August 2017

Dazzling West Coast Colour

"At her studio in Penwith, Trudy Montgomery has been pouring hot Californian colour into Cornwall's presigious tradition of abstract painting.

...The wall-to-wall white of her studio is the perfect backdrop for her paintings which, in a show of vivid abstraction that is as much Penwith's Patrick Heron as Santa Monica's Richard Diebenkorn, are blending the vibrant colour of Californian painting with Cornwall's own history of Abstract Expressionism.

[...] Kandinsky said 'Colour is a power which directly influences the soul.' That's an idea which really speaks to me", [Trudy] replies.

My experience of living in California, and also in India means that yoga and spiritual development are very mcuh part of my life. I meditate before I paint and I'd describe my working process as being in a 'meditative state of action' - it's not Abstract Expressionist exactly, it's more spiritual, more devotional. I select my palette intuitively, since colours, I feel are reflective of emotional states. Colour can take me to new places, to new states of being. In part, I'm consciously attempting to evoke different feelings - joy, love - and I revel in the vibration of large expanses of colour. [...]

My paintings are a place I can go to, a place full of joy, a gateway to a dream state -- a dreamscape if you like. In life, we are anchored to a particular place in the world, but when dreaming or meditating we are unrestricted by physical location. I am interested in the idea of metaphysical space and so my works, accordingly, might be described as metaphysical or spiritual landscapes.

 
Cornwall Living, January 2017

Cornwall Living, January 2017

Masters In The Making

Trudy Montgomery is one of the next generation of artists in Cornwall whose work is part of a direct line of British expressionist painting which has its roots in the ground-breaking abstraction of artists such as Patrick Heron and Peter Lanyon.  Read on...

Arts writer Mercedes Smith spotlights three rising stars of contemporary art to look out for in 2017.

Respected as one of Europe’s leading centres of creativity, Cornwall is an inspirational location with a world-class art scene, and the extraordinary diversity of work being made here attracts collectors from around the globe. For art lovers who like to be ahead of the game, I’ve selected three rising stars of contemporary practice whose very different modes of working showcase the breadth of talent on show in 2017.