THE TALE O' PATRICK COTTER | Oil on mixed media | 130 x 122cm
PHILLIPPA CLAYDEN Born in London in 1955, Clayden completed her BA Honours at the Central School of Art and Design and her Post Graduate Diploma at the Royal Academy Schools. She was the winner of the Landseer and Dorothy Morgan prizes in 1981 and 1982. She studied life drawing for six years under the inspirational tutelage of Cecil Collins. She has had ten solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions throughout Britain and internationally.
Clayden's process of ‘finding’ images in her materials has been paralleled to the Surrealist preoccupation with automatic writing. Her imagery can be described as enigmas that evolve through an amalgamation of Cornwall, tables and the human psyche.
‘In every sense, literal and metaphorical Clayden's work is many layered. Its impact on the emotions and the instincts powerfully immediate, but one can come back to it again and again, and see new subtleties without losing at all the first amazing impact, the sense of the simplicity behind the subtlety behind the simplicity’. (John Russell Taylor)
Phillippa’s studio has been based in Truro since 2012.