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Toni Cogdell

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Degree: BA Hons Fine Art
University: Bath School of Art / Spa University
Graduation Year: 2002

New Blood Art Statement

Toni Cogdell paints portraits of unsaid moments and unseen thoughts, the poetry which resides in daily life and in transitory moments. There is a sense of universality, an interest in the human condition.. “The Water’s Gift” portrays a woman, lost in thought, painted in rich tones which complement and merge with the background. Cogdell’s figures stand in ambiguous settings emphasising an intent focus on the cerebral. Every piece is painted with a carefully balanced palette and distinctive, contemplative composition.

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Artist Statement

As flickers of starlight in a constellation of living bodies, the figures in my paintings are solitary, but not alone. The inward moment they are captured in; their form fusing with paint, marks and textures, acts as a portal to spaces behind knowledge, a sensory sea of feeling, a self beneath our belief of the self. Us, simultaneously set in consciousness and clay. Symbolised in paint are the comforting and familiar objects which reveal themselves through the haze of daily life. A repetition of natural reminders cutting through a technology-driven Age. The horizon in your periphery as you travel. The tree you see every morning unrewardingly standing as the backbone to your inner monologue. City lights floating on water at night, flowers scattered like fallen stars on the land, silhouettes of hills behind buildings, birds, blossom, branches, our own personal talismans of nature and living. Motifs and markers that guide us subliminally. And like the movement of migrating birds we connect. Our dreams and designs launching into the cosmos, gravitating towards kin, leaving invisible threads with which to weave a life. These themes are the crux of my work, meandering across the territory of the Human Condition, exploring the constant dialogue, contrasts and tensions between the lives we lead and the lives we feel, our outer and inner worlds, the spaces between the parts. Exploring our individuation as well as our innate connections to nature, time and ultimately to each other. Telling the story of us from the inside out, through painting. Somewhere between a wish and a call to arms. Toni Cogdell, 2015

Solo Exhibitions

2005, The Space Between, Clarion Contemporary Gallery, London
2004, Paintings - Toni Cogdell, New Gallery RWA, Bristol
2003, Undercurrents, Walcot Chapel, Bath

Group Exhibitions

2018, Winter Exhibition part 2, McAllister Thomas Gallery, Surrey
2017, Identities - 4 woman Show, Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford
2017, Spring Show, McAllister Thomas Gallery, Surrey
2017, Psyche, Dreams and Spaces, 2-person show, Gallery and Barrow, Bath
2017, Art on the Mind Auction for Cardboard Citizens, 10 Hanover, Mayfair, London
2016, Ecriture Feminine, Edgar Modern Gallery, Bath
2016, Looking to the Stars, Hornshaw Gallery, Brick Lane, London
2016, Affordable Art Fair, Edgar Modern Gallery, Hampstead Heath
2016, Summer Exhibition, McAllister Thomas Gallery, Surrey
2016, Launch Exhibition, Clifton Fine Art, Bristol
2016, Winter Exhibition, McAllister Thomas Gallery, Surrey
2015, Black Swan Prize Open, Black Swan Gallery, Frome
2015, Affordable Art Fair, Edgar Modern Gallery, London
2015, Summer Exhibition, Edgar Modern Gallery, Bath
2015, 163rd Autumn Open Exhibition, RWA, Bristol
2014, Divine, Define Feminine, London Art, London
2013, Something Special - Auction for Joss' Searchlight, ., London
2012, Black Swan Prize Open, Black Swan Gallery, Frome
2012, Group Show, Outside The Square Gallery, Margate
2011, Unsigned - Charity Auction, View Gallery, Bristol
2010, RWA Friends Exhibition - 2D Winner, RWA, Bristol
2009, RWA Friends Exhibition, RWA, Bristol
2008, RWA Friends Exhibition, RWA, Bristol
2006, Identity, Clarion Contemporary Gallery, London
2006, The Holburne Portrait Prize, Holburne Museum, Bath
2005, Figure and Space, Clarion Contemporary Gallery, London
2005, Invited Artist - Curated by The Cowleigh Gallery, Malvern Theatres, Malvern
2004, 152nd Autumn Open Exhibition, RWA, Bristol
2003, Daily Mail's - Not the Turner Prize, Mall Galleries, London
2003, 151st Autumn Open Exhibition, RWA, Bristol
2002, Fine Art Degree Show, Bath School Of Art, Bath Spa University, Bath
2002, Comma - Works from Bath School of Art, Truman Brewery Gallery, Brick Lane, London
2002, RWA Friends Exhibition, RWA, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Competitions, Prizes & Awards

2003, Venue Magazine Emerging Artist Award, RWA
2004, Channel 5 Big Art Challenge, Regional Finalist
2003, Daily Mail's - Not the Turner Prize Finalist
2010, RWA Friends Selector's Choice 2D Winner
2014, Shortlisted for Black Swan Open Solo Prize
2017, Longlisted for Anthology 2017, Charlie Smith London

Original works:

Bright Young Things - Bowie

By Toni Cogdell

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I'm Just As Strange as You - F...

By Toni Cogdell

£275

Wingspan

By Toni Cogdell

£1600

Starting from Here

By Toni Cogdell

£350

Undertow

By Toni Cogdell

£175

Ebb and Flow

By Toni Cogdell

£275

Letters to a Poet No.16

By Toni Cogdell

£350

Letters to a Poet No.17

By Toni Cogdell

£275

A Thousand Dawns

By Toni Cogdell

£1900

Letters to a Poet No.18

By Toni Cogdell

£275

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Aria

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Little Bird

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The Water's Gift

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The Edge of Light

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Frida Study

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Totem

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Virginia's Dream

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Marilyn Study

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Grace

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Weight of a Dream

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Still Point

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Faith in Flowers

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Interrupted Silence

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Frida Study - Lighthouse and S...

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The Story Wasn't Over

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Beginning of Language

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Dream or Vision

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Farthest Horizons

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Whispers (Marilyn)

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Be Your Own Muse (Frida)

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Stained With Light

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My Own Muse (Frida)

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Within This Light

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Letters to a Poet No.11

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Soliloquy

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Letters to Frida

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In Stillness

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Freedom (Frida)

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Letters to a Poet No.2

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