ABOUT - Sheryll K Fox
My Art Practice
As a visual artist with a background in theatre and design, I see each picture I create as a character to explore. Principally a figurative artist I create pieces which share wider themes expressed through figures and faces. I use a mix of abstract and graphic techniques to express the emotions of my characters and my work usually features texture, layers and a love of mark making.
I regularly sketch in the landscape and from models, then work in my studio from these drawings and photographs exploring with experimental techniques in acrylic paint and mixed media on wooden panels, canvas and paper.
I was delighted that my painting 'The Doll' was selected for The Bath Society of Artist's 116th Annual Show at The Victoria Gallery in Bath. This painting kicked off my current series which is still ongoing, inspired by Ibsen's play 'The Doll's House'.
I was thrilled to be featured in the glossy lifestyle and property magazine 'Wigwam'. See a short video and read the article.
Two of my paintings were selected for the prestigious juried exhibition 'ING Discerning Eye' at The Mall Galleries, London 2020. Golden Girl_Sky was selected by stunning performer Beverley Knight and Golden Girl_FLY was selected by art collector Mervyn Metcalf.
It has also been an honour to paint three commissions for the 'NHS Heroes' initiative and create my Poppy painting to raise money for The Royal British Legion. And I have also loved creating a mural for the children of Wanborough Primary School in their library.
Life so far has been an interesting, exciting, challenging journey and I have found that the things I am close to inspire my work: inspiring people, my family, theatre, yoga, meditation and landscape.
After a degree in Art and Dance in London I worked as an illustrator and designer, illustrating guide books for a publishing company in Devon, then working in two design studios in Surrey, creating concept drawings for exhibition stands, advertising campaigns, logos and more. In more recent years I painted portrait commissions in oil for clients all over the UK.
I ran my own part-time stage school for nearly 20 years until a few years ago, when I passed on the reins to focus on my painting. I still teach a handful of drama students of an evening, which is might explain why you will find me happily chatting away to a video camera in my studio while I paint. These films become video painting lessons and although they are specially created to meet the needs of my students I find that they often inspire elements of my own practice.
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Exhibitions and opportunities
2023 'Head Above the Clouds' group exhibition, Stanton Barn, Stanton Country Park, Swindon
2023 Open Exhibition, White Horse Bookshop & Gallery, Marlborough
2022 Swindon Open Studios, Home studio exhibition
2021 Bath Society of Artists 116th Annual Show, Victoria Gallery, Bath.
2021 Wanborough Primary School library mural.
2021 Swindon Open Studios Spring Art Fair, MAMS Gallery and Eastcott Studios,
2021 Featured in property magazine 'Wigwam' issue 6.
2020 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London (on-line)
2020 Swindon Open Studios Christmas Art Fair, MAMS Gallery and Eastcott Studios,
2020 NHS Heros – 3 commissions – Tom Croft project
2019 Swindon Open Studios, MAMs Gallery
2019 Open Exhibition, White Horse Bookshop & Gallery, Marlborough
2009 – 2011 Portrait commissions
2009 Swindon Open Studios, The Platform