About Yvonne Coomber
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Yvonne Coomber is a contemporary British artist whose work is held in private and public collections worldwide. She trained in Sussex, England and has been working as a full professional painter since 2002. Her paintings are created using a multitude of layers and are deeply connected to nature. Working exclusively with oil paints her work communicates all that is good in the world and her pieces sing with joy.
My paintings are inspired by the gentle hills and the singing rainbows of tumbling, spilling, flowers outside my studio which is nestled deeply in the folds of Devon, South West of England. I feel at home in the country. I was brought up on a farm and spent much of my childhood in Ireland, my mother’s homeland. I traveled widely in my twenties with a thirst for exploration and discovery. I spent time living and working in Australia, Africa and Europe. One of my most formative journeys was spent with a horse-drawn community in England, discovering ancient, sacred and forgotten parts of our land.
My relentless spirit of curiosity and deep enquiry led me to pursue a degree in Philosophy and Literature at Brighton University. A formal fine art training in Sussex was the springboard for my paintings.
Painting for me is a love affair: I am profoundly passionate about it, it grips my heart tightly and I yearn for it when I am away. I am both a dreamer and a believer. I work very intuitively and instinctively, creating a space in which I allow the image to evolve and unravel. My practice demands that I am courageous and openhearted and it always involves risk. It is also an eternal search for truth. I feel things with a burning intensity and my canvas provides a container for these huge emotions.
Seduced by color I perceive the world accordingly. My
palette is blazing and lyrical by turns, with hot and vibrant hues inspired by
the many journeys I have made in my life. I almost always work outside so
howling gales and gentle breezes have as much influence on my painting as lacy
ice and scorching sunshine. The weather, in a very immediate way, directs the
end result of the image.
My paintings are also concerned with something that is often overlooked and forgotten, a sacred space within ourselves and in the land. The images I create embrace wildness, innocence and a deep connection to the earth. My most recent work is sourced from close examination of Dartmoor and the exploding kaleidoscopic hedgerows on the edges of ancient paths, walkways and lanes in the surrounding area.
I am fascinated by chaos and order existing simultaneously and the easy harmony that occurs in the natural world between these two forces. Also the relationship between fragility and strength. My canvas becomes a visual response to these elemental energies and polarities discovered within the environment and myself.
My work is a celebration of the joy and ultimate purity of the human spirit and embraces all that is magical: the unseen is as relevant as the seen in the finished piece.