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Adele Wagstaff

Adele Wagstaff/Sleevenotes

Adele Wagstaff
Painter Adele Wagstaff was born in Yorkshire and trained at Newcastle University and the Slade School of Fine Art, where her teachers included Andrew Maclaren, Patrick Symons, Norman Norris and Euan Uglow. Since leaving the Slade, where, in the life room Adele worked from the nude in sustained poses, she continues to focus on working from the human figure, portrait and still life. She has taught in Belgium, Germany, Italy and throughout the UK including the short course programmes at West Dean College and the Slade School of Fine Art for many years.

Adele has been shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize and the BP Portrait Award, and her work has been exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery, Discerning Eye, Royal West of England Academy, Canadian Portrait Academy, Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Ruth Borchard Self-portrait Prize exhibition. She continues to exhibit regularly in London and throughout the UK. Adele was Artist in Residence at Leighton Park School, Reading and she has undertaken a number of portrait commissions which have included Canon Geoffrey Brown - St Martin’s in the Fields, London and Lord Alex Bernstein.

Following being shortlisted for the BP Travel Award in 2006 Adele has continued to make regular visits to Luxor, Egypt where she has been working on a series of portraits within a number of small communities along the Nile. This group of portraits have resulted in solo exhibitions at Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery and the Petrie  Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL as well as individual pieces being included in several other group exhibitions.

An experienced tutor and lecturer Adele has taught courses and workshops in
schools, Colleges and Art Schools, and she is currently teaching at West Dean
College, Putney School of Art and the Royal Academy of Arts. Adele has written two books: Still Life Painting in Oils (2012) and Painting the Nude (2015) both published by the Crowood Press.
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