Dana Finch
Painting is an interaction between myself, the landscape and the paint. It is not always equal – sometimes one element will dominate over the others. Each painting becomes a kind of reverse excavation, building up and scraping back texture, layering with glazes and scumbles, letting accidents happen, until there is a complex surface that expresses the mystery and energy of the natural world. I am not trying to make a representation, but to allow the viewer to recognise something of their own experience in the image. I have been influenced by my travels, especially through Spain which I visited often as a child.

Its Moorish gardens left a deep impression on me, and I go back over and over again to immerse myself in those little paradises. But I also love the wild landscapes of Britain, and have lived in Devon, Oxfordshire, Cheshire, Scotland and now Cornwall.

Selected Exhibitions and Commissions

2015            Collider, PZ Gallery, Penzance, Group show

Battersea Affordable Art Fair (Columbia Road Gallery)

Chapel House Hotel, Penzance, group show

2014            Death & Transition, Gabriel Fine Art, London, Group show

2013            Dulwich Festival, Artists’ Open House

2012            FSA, Canary Wharf, solo show

Dulwich Festival, All Saints’ Church, group show

2011            Dulwich Library Group Show (SLWA)

2010             Greyfriar’s Art Centre, King’s Lynn, Showcase

2010             Bankside Gallery, Southwark, Group Show (South London Women Artists)

2010             Dulwich Library Group Show (SLWA)

2008            Bid: Ovada Gallery, Oxford, group show.

2005             Mural at Department of Experimental Psychology Library, University of Oxford

2004   Magdalen Road Studios, Oxford, group show

2003   Karstadt, Bonn, Germany, group show

Magdalen Road Studios, Oxford Artweeks. Group show

2002   Magdalen Road Studios, group show

2001   Group show at Bonn Square, Oxford

2000   Ericssons/Vodaphone commission: one oil painting and twelve prints

1999   Solo Exhibition “The Bay of Roses” at Ariel Centre Gallery, Totnes, Devon

1999   Group show “Never in a month of Sundays”, Dartington – various locations, installation and performance


1998   Solo exhibition “Salt Knowledge #2” Birdwood House, Totnes, paintings and installation.

1997   “SHIFT”, Dartington Arts Gallery, Devon. Solo Installation “Salt Knowledge”

1996   Poster Studio Gallery, London. Video, installation and text-based work “Ekphrasis”

1996   Contexture; Dartington College of Arts, Devon, degree show

1995   North Woods, Staverton, Devon. “Heaven and Earth” Forest public sculpture installation.

1993   Ways with Words Literature Festival, Dartington. “In the Beginning” Installation.

Art Education

2015                  Newlyn School of Art, Mentoring Course

1993-96   Dartington College of Arts BA(hons)
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