Gabriella Buckingham

“Everything I create comes from a sense of wonder and exploration: of light, colour and the paint itself. My most magical work is possibly a combination of these approaches, painting imagined scenes in which I allow myself to explore colour, light and memories: informed by my life experience. This sort of work appeals to me more and more. Each time I paint I’m looking for a way to capture something – a feeling, beautiful light, wonderful colour, and interesting composition. This could mean that I paint something purely abstract or imagined, or it could be that the light on a particular day is so beautiful that I simply have to paint what is right in front of me.

Gabriella Buckingham studied graphic design and illustration at Kingston Upon Thames and went on to work as a freelance illustrator for three decades. In 2019 she began to work more as a painter.

In 2020 her work was selected by David Remfry RA to be shown at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition; he said of her work “it was by an artist who could really paint. It wasn’t literal and had that spark of wit that brings a painting to life”. Gabriella’s work was selected for the ING Art Prize and the Figurative Art Now Prize both at the Mall Galleries that year. Her paintings were also longlisted for the Jackson’s Art Prize and The Ashurst Prize. Locally her paintings have twice been selected for the Holt Festival Art Prize and she often takes part in Open Studios where she opens her garden studio to visitors.

In 2021 Gabriella became a full-time artist and in the summer of that year, she devised and launched an online art coaching programme called Experimental Still Life which she plans to run annually.

Of her work, Gabriella says “I’m fascinated by colour, light and paint itself. I’m drawn equally to still life work and to abstraction because I enjoy using my imagination and intuition as much as observing the subtle changes of shape and colour as light shifts over a set up in front of me. I have started to combine these two approaches which is really exciting. I enjoy a feeling of mystery as I paint, a not knowing; an adventure in paint.”

Her paintings are held in private collections in the UK, Spain, Israel, the US and Canada.