Shirley Kirkcaldy

Shirley is a contemporary landscape artist living on Dartmoor, a location that significantly influences and informs her work. Adopting an explorative and sometimes experimental approach to her practice, her work remains grounded and coherent; colour, contrast, light and texture are elements that feature significantly and form the foundation for what she aims to capture on canvas – an ‘intuitive response to a place and time’.

Working expressively in a variety of media, images that exist in actuality are transposed as reflections of what she experiences when in the landscape. Paintings are developed from prolific drawings and visual notes she makes on location which become etched in memory and, in the studio, combine with materials to explore ideas created. By subtracting or abstracting information, final images move further away from documentary and towards anonymity, thus, she is inviting the viewer to form their own interpretation whilst always conveying a personal significance.

Selected in 2017/2018 as a featured artist in ‘Dartmoor’ and ‘Devon Life’ magazines, Shirley exhibits her work across the Southwest and London and runs workshops for beginners and improvers. She is an associate of the South West Academy.

Shirley is a contemporary landscape artist living on Dartmoor, a location that significantly influences and informs her work. Adopting an explorative and sometimes experimental approach to her practice, her work remains grounded and coherent; colour, contrast, light and texture are elements that feature significantly and form the foundation for what she aims to capture on canvas - an ‘intuitive response to a place and time’. Working expressively in a variety of media, images that exist in actuality are transposed as reflections of what she experiences when in the landscape. Paintings are developed from prolific drawings and visual notes she makes on location which become etched in memory and, in the studio, combine with materials to explore ideas created. By subtracting or abstracting information, final images move further away from documentary and towards anonymity, thus, she is inviting the viewer to form their own interpretation whilst always conveying a personal significance. Selected in 2017/2018 as a featured artist in ‘Dartmoor’ and ‘Devon Life’ magazines, Shirley exhibits her work across the Southwest and London and runs workshops for beginners and improvers. She is an associate of the South West Academy.

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