The Artist

Bridget Spinney

Bridget is an artist living and working on the beautiful island of Guernsey, in the Channel Islands. She was born in England, but has travelled extensively throughout her life. She lived in Brazil for seven years in her youth.  Her education includes a degree in Jewellery Design gained at Central St Martins (where she won The Gold Prize awarded by Goldsmiths Hall) and a PGCE in Art and Design at the University of Brighton.

As a jewellery designer she created work for, amongst others, Jasper Conran, Vivienne Westwood and Bulgari, establishing her own jewellery design business in 1991. Being a painter at heart led her to become a secondary school, Art and Design teacher, where she delighted in sharing her knowledge and skills with her students.

Since becoming a mother, of two sons she has followed her true passion for painting, has run a small gallery selling her own and other artists work.  Bridget’s paintings have been selected for many exhibitions including Southampton City Art Gallery and The Royal West of England Academy.
Bridget’s work (which is owned by many private collectors) is mixed media, predominantly acrylic with textured surfaces and layering. She loves the idea of creating a sense of history, paint peeling to reveal text or imagery and organic patinas. The work she creates is instinctive, emotive, experimental and filled with energy, inspired by the chaos of nature. Frank Bowling, Cy Twombly and Barbara Rae are great influences as well as the greats Picasso and Matisse.

Sailing has played a large part in Bridget’s life. She has sailed across the Atlantic twice once as a crew of two to the Caribbean and the other with her husband and two young sons to introduce her family to her second home, Brazil.

In 2013 Bridget collaborated with the artist Frances Lemmon devising a mark making project as part of ‘The Big Draw’, sponsored by Guernsey Art Commission took this into all the islands high schools.
Since arriving in Guernsey, Bridget has been the Artist in Residence at Elizabeth College and held a solo exhibition in ‘The Gatehouse Gallery’ she also has been part of a group exhibition at ‘The (Old) Greenhouse Gallery’, with Francis Lemmon and Iris and Dora, and most recently has exhibited with Bonsai and had works selected for the Skipton Open Exhibition in the Greenhouse at Candie Gardens.
Bridget is also one of the founding organisers of Guernsey Art Network established to promote local artists and organisers of ‘The Skipton Art Festival’.

EDUCATION

1993-1994 PGCE Art and Design - University of Brighton
1986-1989 BA (Hons) Jewellery Design - Central St Martins School of Art and Design
1985-1986 Arts Foundation Course - Salisbury Art College

INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS

2015  Bridget@ Bonsai, Guernsey
2013 Artist in Residence, Gatehouse Gallery, Guernsey
2009 Spindrift Gallery, Pilley, Lymington, Hants
2008 Spindrift Gallery, Pilley,Lymington, Hants
2008 The Little Big Draw at William Gilpin School and Spindrift Gallery
2007 Spindrift Gallery,Pilley, Lymington, Hants

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016 Skipton Open Exhibition, The Greenhouse, Guernsey
2016 Bridget Spinney and Frances Lemmon take over Bonsai, Guernsey
2014 Guernsey, The Greenhouse Gallery, North Esplanade, Guernsey
2010 Paper Planes, Southampton City Art Gallery
2009 10th St Barbe Annual Open Exhibition, St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington
2009 Lymington Palette Club, Masonic Hall, Lymington, Hants
2009 Solent Scenes atCamellias, Everton Garden Centre, Lymington, Hants
2009 New Forest Show
2009 Hampshire Open Studios
2008 156 Autumn Exhibition Royal West of England Academy
2008 Lymington Palette Club Exhibition, Masonic Hall, Lymington, Hants
2008 The Palette Club at St Barbes Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Hants
2008 Indian Summer at Camellias, Everton Garden Centre, Lymington, Hants
2008 New Forest Show
2008 The New Forest Art Trail
2008 Brockenhurst College Summer Exhibition
2007 Hampshire Open Studios
2007 The Meeting House Arts Centre, Ilminster, Somerset
2007 New Forest Show (Medal Winner)
2007 New Forest Art Trail
2007 Litchfield Artists Fundraising Auction
2006 Best of Hampshire Artists, Hilliers Arboretum, Romsey, Hants
2006 Hampshire Open Studios
2006 The Meeting House Summer Exhibition, Ilminster, Somerset
2006 The Palette Club Exhibition, Stanwell House, Lymington, Hants
2006 Brockenhurst College Summer Exhibition
2006 The Art of Pattern, Southampton City Art Gallery
2005 Hampshire Open Studios
2005 Spring Collection, The Saltgrass Gallery, Lymington, Hants

COMMISSIONS

2014 Sunflower, Private Collection
2013 Rock Pools, Private Collection
2011 Rough Seas Painting, Private Collection
2009 Flower Vase Painting, Private Collection
2009 Artists Impression of New Building at William Gilpin C of E School
2008 Painting of William Gilpin Cof E School for the Prospectus
2007 Territory Mapping for SEEDA
2007 Territory mapping for Henderson Green
2007 Marigolds Painting, Private Collection

OTHER

2016 Co-ordinator of Guernsey Art Network, organisers of The Skipton Art Festival, Guernsey
Winner of Handmade for the Hospice 2016 Art Competition,sponsored by Officepoint and La Grande Mare
2015 Make your Mark, Drawing Workshops for Elizabeth College Activity Week.
2015 Founding member of Guernsey Art Network, organisers of The Skipton Art Festival, Guernsey www.gsyarthub.com
2014 Make Your Mark, Drawing Workshops sponsored by GAC visiting  all Guernsey High Schools
2013 Artist in Residence at Elizabeth College. Guernsey
2012 The Living Art Auction, Livingrooms, Guernsey
2010 Paintings on loan for Henderson Green Office, Southampton.
2009 World Book Day, Collages at William Gilpin Cof E School

Bridget Spinney Shell