Gemma Fripp

Exhibition on display in the shop 26th August to 14th November 2020

‘I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it’.

Celia, Act ii, Sc vi, As You Like It, William Shakespeare

These pictures were created between March and May in lockdown, during the Covid-19 pandemic, 2020.

‘It was the first time I had had continuous time in our garden, in our new house and in the surrounding parks, with still many things undiscovered. Time was opening out in front of me and I began to paint and draw again. Being outside is a necessity to me, to walk, to sit, to be ‘doing’ amongst green…it is often my cocoon.’ Gemma Fripp

The pictures are short expressions of the freshness and persisting energy of nature, regardless of the dark threat of illness and even death.

They are painted in oil, on oil paper, with graphite.

Gemma worked as a theatre designer, designing sets and costumes for stage. She has had several exhibitions of her paintings and drawings since this time. She has worked with garden designers since 2008, assisting on the installation of new garden designs and maintaining existing gardens.