DARBYSHIRE, Philippa [Pippa] S. E.

1951 - ?

Pippa Darbyshire

Born in Malaysia in 1951, into a naval family. Most of her childhood was abroad spending most of her later life in training, performing and teaching ballet and dance. She started her art career late but had always painted as a hobby and later worked on furniture and murals. She studied at Ipswich Art School then fine art at Norwich Art School. In 1990 she opened her own art gallery with a small private art school at Felixstowe, Suffolk named 'Artworks' and at the same time taught ‘Life drawing’ on the degree course at Suffolk College under Ken Back [q.v.] who had been her tutor. She married at Ipswich in 1987, Peter P. Cooke but paints as Pippa Darbyshire. In 2001 Pippa and her husband Peter moved to France and opened an art gallery 'Relais de la Baie' mainly as a platform for selling her own work. Its success marked a turning point in her art career as she now lives and works in Noyelles-sur-mer, on the estuary of the river Somme, and paints mostly seascapes of the local bay and where she also runs a cafe with the permanent exhibition of her work. There have been many different phases in her artistic journey from the very painterly and expressionistic early figures and still life, through a period of working from photographs and even spending six months in fashion design. There has been a recurring and parallel interest in geometry and purely geometric studies but has now returned to nature and paints her surrounding country and seaside from her van or in her studio from detailed drawings, measurements and notes. Her paintings are figurative tending towards abstraction and vary in size from minature to extremely large canvases. She has had several solo exhibitions in Suffolk as well as in London and France and continues to exhibit.

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