Jackie Berridge
Jackie Berridge

Jackie Berridge

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I am interested in human behaviour, in particular the subtle nuances of body language which often reveal feelings of vulnerability, power or indifference. Current work also focuses on the domestic environment using home decor as a means of human expression, providing props and clues for the viewer to interpret. Inspiration is wide and varied and includes contemporary culture, medieval paintings, 20th century monologues, space travel and bric-a-brac. Recent visits to the National Gallery have been particularly rewarding. I am currently drawn to mediaeval and Renaissance paintings and especially the 'San Sepalcro Altarpiece' by the Sienese painter Sansetta. As well as the wonderful architecture and the interesting perspectives, I adore the minute detail. I have recently embraced this quality in recent paintings, juxtaposing the decorative elements with more gestural and expressive mark making. My thoughts are shaped in sketchbooks. Over many months I draw and collage different ideas - from the sublime to the ridiculous. Thoughts flow freely, unselfconsciously and unedited. Like many artists I am never off duty and often jot down 'flashes', phrases and notes on my phone too. I then close my sketchbooks, preferring to use my imagination or work from direct source material. I never plan, I always respond. I have particular people, real or fictitious in mind when creating the work; their identity remains deliberately ambiguous allowing the viewer to interpret the work for themselves.



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