Bridget Macdonald

FIELD AND ORCHARD
selected paintings and drawings by Bridget Macdonald
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The Great Barn
HELLENS MANOR, MUCH MARCLE, HEREFORDSHIRE
August 26 to September 27, 2020
open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm
FREE ENTRY:  DONATIONS TO ST MICHAEL’S HOSPICE AND BACK TO THE WILD 
An exhibition in conjunction with Hellens Garden Festival

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ARTIST’S STATEMENT
 
The works in this exhibition reflect the rural subject matter which has been a recurring theme for many years.  I was born into a farming family on the Isle of Wight and now live in Malvern.  My associations with this area go back to my paternal grandmother who grew up at the Pitt House Farm at Dymock but moved to the Isle of Wight when she married in 1916.  She used to talk of Ledbury, Leominster, Ludlow …. the names remained in my imagination as did an old photograph of my great grandfather in the yard of the Pitt House Farm with a herd of Hereford cattle in the foreground.  There are still members of my family farming in Herefordshire and we also have a 10 acre holding near Cradley, where we have planted an orchard of old local varieties of apples and pears.  The sources for the images are mainly things directly observed which trigger memories and associations; occasionally they are based on old family photographs.  I am interested in the landscape of memory and the way the past is echoed in the present.  Some of the works were made after an artist’s residency at the manor house of Valeni in Moldavia, Romania.  I was invited there in the spring of 2019 by Michael, Baron de Styrcea who has reclaimed his family’s ancestral home after its confiscation in 1948.  We met some of the village folk who still retain the skills to be self sufficient on a couple of hectares of land, a way of life that we no longer see here and which is receding into the past there.      
 
ARTIST’S BIOGRAPHY
 
Bridget Macdonald trained in Fine Art at Stourbridge College of Art and the School of Art and Design at Wolverhampton Polytechnic in the mid 1980s.  She has exhibited regularly with Art First London since its inception and has had many solo exhibitions in private and public galleries.  Earlier this year she had an extensive solo exhibition at The Courtyard, Hereford’s Arts Centre.  In 2016 she had a major exhibition at Worcester City Art Gallery where her work was hung alongside paintings, drawings and prints by Samuel Palmer,  Claude Lorrain and Peter Paul Rubens on loan from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and Manchester Art Gallery.  Her work is in many private collections as well as the permanent collections of Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Worcester City Art Gallery, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the House of Lords at 1 Millbank, London.  
 
Further information on www.bridgetmacdonald.co.uk