Cheryl Culver PPPS RBA
Cheryl is a landscape painter because the countryside is the place where she feels most at ease. She does feel it is possible to have a spiritual connection with the natural world, and she hopes that her paintings reflect this. Cheryl's work has always been about ‘how it feels’ rather than ‘how it looks’.
It is good to be humbled by nature and what better than a vast and powerful landscape or a mighty oak tree to do just that. Mankind needs to learn his place in the grand scheme of things. We have an amazing world around us, which survives in spite of all we do to destroy it. If one painting can communicate some of this magic, then a miracle has occurred. On another level, the natural world has its own symmetry. To Cheryl, as an artist, it is a matter of following the rules of that symmetry, and the painting will create its own conviction without the aid of photographic realism.
To draw the landscape is the point of contact. It is the most important part of the process --- the catalyst for the final work.
Cheryl works from sketches made in marker pen. The use of a pen is deliberate, as it gives a stronger image to work from allowing bold dark areas to be emphasised. She prefers to work from drawings, as the selective process is already underway in the decision to make the drawing in the first place. It eliminates the tangle of information a photograph can give. It focuses on what is important making the picture stronger. She also prefers to work in the studio, this gives the painting its own identity not confused by the weather and logistics of working out of doors. Cheryl works in pastel on a primed board surface. This is her favourite medium and surface it has an immediacy and toughness which allows the battle to be fought.
1947 Born on 12 January in Almondsbury, Gloucestershire
1965–69 Studied Fine Art at Leicestershire College of Art & Design
1971–73 Worked as an Artist with the International Voluntary Service in Mauritius
2003 Elected a Member of the Royal Society of British Artists
2004 Elected a Member of The Pastel Society
2012 Elected as President of The Pastel Society
Willi Hoffman-Guth Award for Colour and Light, Pastel Society
The Brian Sinfield Gallery Award.
The Henri Roché Pastel Award.
The Girault Pastel Award St Aulaye France. (One work purchased for the Pastel Museum St Aulaye)
2016 AAF’s Chelsea and Hampstead with the Russell Gallery.
2016 St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery Lymington Hampshire Pastel Society group exhibition.
2016 Bircham Gallery Holt Norfolk. RBA group exhibition.
2015 RBA at the John Noott Gallery Broadway Worcs.
2015 AAF’s with the Russell Gallery Chelsea, Hampstead and Battersea.
2015 Blackheath Gallery Summer Exhibition.
Guest of Honour Pastel d’Opale, Boulogne. March 2014
RBA Exhibition at the Russell Gallery 2014
Pastel Society exhibition at Thompson’ s Gallery Aldeburgh 2014.
Blackheath Gallery Early Summer Exhibition 2014
AAF’s with the Russell Gallery 2014
Art in Action 2014.
Pure Gold exhibition Mall Galleries
Art in Action Ireland x 2
The Russell Gallery 2011 and 2012
AAFs with The Russell Gallery during 2012
The Blackheath Gallery x 2
New Ashgate Gallery Farnham 2012
St Aulaye France 2012.
RAC Woodcote Park Centenary exhibition.
The British Scene Mall Galleries 2013
Four person show at the Russell Gallery March/April 2013.
Art in Action 2013.
RBA and The Pastel Society annually since 2001.
2008 Russell Gallery, Putney, London
2007/08 Orange Street Gallery, Uppingham
2008 Southampton City Art Gallery
2006 Cardiff City Art Gallery
2005/06 Art in Action
2001- Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2001- Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
The Artist, March/April 2009
Featured Artist, Pastel Journal, USA, December 2008
The Artist, December 2002
The Artists Magazine December 2002 *
The Pastel Journal, Cincinatti USA December 2008
The Artist Magazine March/April 2009 *
The Artist Magazine March 2010 *
Pratique des Arts Feature article October 2010
The Artist Magazine September, October and November 2010 *
The Leisure Painter 2011
The Artist Magazine January, February and March 2012 *
Kent Life February 2012
Artists & Illustrators July 2012.
Green Art: Trees, Roots and Leaveshe Artist Magazine September 2013. *
G by E. Ashley Rooney
Published by Schiffer Publishing USA. 2013
The Artist Magazine Summer Edition 2014. *
(* Articles created and written by Cheryl)