Sidoli`s father sparked an interest in his young daughter by drawing animals for her; later, as she enjoyed riding along the Solway Firth in Cumbria, he bought her “How to Draw Horses”. She had her first watercolour box from him and she still has it. Years later, Northampton School of Art gave her a thorough Foundation course including anatomy, life drawing & continuous sketching. Art Clubs, in Newark & Clifton helped to keep continuity while her family was growing up. Once in Bristol, near London, she discovered great painters like Auerbach, Herman, Eardley, Redpath and Lowry. Her future was clear.
Sidoli`s paintings were, at first, painted in traditional oils. She then, over time, became “looser” with larger brushes and due to screen printing learnt how to simplify. This and L. S. Lowry`s minimal palette helped to set her on her way. Lamp Black, White, Yellow Ochre, Prussian Blue and Vermilion have been essential to her over the years.
Nowadays she prepares thick mountcard with two coats of primer across and down. When dry it will be cut ready for use. Many artists are “sniffy” about paper palettes but they are ideal for her way of working. The colours are laid out in dippers, one genuine turps and linseed oil, one turps. subst.
There is also her favourite oleopasto medium. This adds texture and is good for when a loaded house brush needs that extra “voice”.
Sidoli likes to paint “in situ”to absorb the moody weather, sitting in her Brooklands Mini Cooper, overlooking the Bristol Channel at Portishead. It`s her Mini studio & she paints sitting in the passenger seat with a paintbox and palette on the driver`s seat. One sheet is kept aside to place on top later, keeping paints moist. After returning to the studio, work is turned to the wall for a while.
1933 Born 24 November
1944 to 46 Wigton High School
1947 to 51 Northampton School of Art
1954 to 56 Manchester Training College
1973 to 2001 Bristol
2001 to Current Portishead
Vice President of Clifton Arts Club
Royal West of England Academy (RWA)
1988 1st Prize Winner, Laing National Painting Competition
1988 Critic's Prize, New English Art Club
2000 Drawing Prize, New English Art Club
2004 Alresford Gallery Prize, New English Art Club
2003 Artistic Excellence Award, Royal West of England Academy
2012 Framing Award, Royal West of England Academy
1977 to 2011 RA Summer Show
1981 to Current Annually with the RWA
1997 to 2002 The Discerning Eye
1996 Adam Gallery, Bath, Two-person Exhibition
2000 Fedden Gallery, Bristol, RWA, Solo show
2004 New Gallery, RWA, Solo Exhibition.
2008 Cube Gallery Bristol, Solo Exhibition
Artists and Illustrators Magazine
Interview for the NEAC friends’ magazine
The Public Catalogue Foundation, Bristol
The New English: A History of the New English Art Club by Kenneth McConkey