London-based artist Pippa Ridley was born in the Caribbean and studied in the UK with an art scholarship before obtaining her B.A. in Fine Art from the Slade School of Art.
Ridley represents a new wave of British artists who are aiming to re-invent and re-invigorate figurative painting. Her large-scale paintings are original and distinctive. They combine playful imagery with much darker themes – male and female sexuality, violence and decay. In this selection of works she explores the conflict between abstraction and representation, with beast-like figures inhabiting an enigmatic dream world. Recurring motifs derive from her birthplace in the Caribbean; voodoo dolls, palm trees and the sea. Combinations of interpretive reality and violent abstract shapes are played out in an artistic battle. Ridley’s confident application of paint competes for dominance with the compelling narrative, and a dark humour lurks within the whirlwind of shapes and colour. The process of warping and distorting forms forces the viewer through a range of imagined scenes that, taken together, construct a captivating tale.