Angela Arnold - Aberdeenshire-based painter of both representational and abstract work

A Coven of Bales
Big Boat, Small Boat
Red Earth, New Growth
Field Entrance
The Rich Earth


Angela Arnold

I was born 1951, in Germany. I also lived in France, Spain and Belgium during my youth but have been resident in Scotland since 1976.
I started out as a writer, with two books published (on psychological astrology, which I also practise), as well as occasional poetry. For thirteen years I ran a smallholding in Aberdeenshire, and then worked for several years as a hands-on garden designer. I came to painting relatively late and am self-taught - as much by design as default: I love experimenting and discovering my own techniques. I exhibit locally and take part in the annual North East Open Studios week. My paintings have travelled as far as Canada and Australia.
Since the beginning of 2010 I have been a member of South Aberdeenshire Abstracts (SABAB), an artists' collective that aims to bring (semi)abstract, contemporay work to the attention of the public with exhibitions and a free email newsletter.>

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  • acrylic on board or canvas


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Recent Exhibitions

Carnoustie Library Exhibition, Inverbervie Open Exhibition, solo at the offices of Inspire/Aberdeen

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I have been painting in South Aberdeenshire since 2001, inspired by the local land- and seascape: the view of big skies and changeable seas from the cliffs of coastal Kinneff, where I live, or the deep red earth of the Mearns.
In my paintings I try to capture both stillness and motion (often linked with the emotion evoked) - and maybe these are not so much opposites as two sides of the same coin, seeking the core of the subject. I also produce vibrant abstracts and most recently I have been experimenting with stark bl/wh, rather minimalist, painting.
A lot of my work is done in acrylic on board, rather than on canvas, calling for a different kind of technique. Painting to me is a challenge, a journey, and each work seems to proceed along its own path, often taking me by surprise.

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