Gemma Billington was born in Killorglin, nestled
between the Ring of Kerry and the Atlantic Way, Gemma spent her
youth in Kerry before moving to England in her early twenties. She
studied Sculpture at Newbury College of Art and did a degree in
Visual Studies at Winchester School of Art where she specialised in
painting. Now Gemma divides her time between painting studios in
Kerry and Berkshire, and regularly attends life drawing at the Royal
Academy of Arts in the famous Life Room created by Sir Joshua
Reynolds, a unique space that helps nourish her artistic practice.
Her main inspiration comes from Nature and its ever
changing patterns. She becomes particularly absorbed in the
deathlessness and timelessness of Nature; this is intensified by her
looking at the eternity of Nature through the flower, the ocean and
the sky. To the viewer there may appear to be a subject and there
is, but there is also something else going on.
She chooses not to use traditional brush strokes, but
uses other means of applying paint, almost like a dance with raw,
vibrant colours and immediacy of illustrative mark-marking. The more
one looks at the painting, the more one will be drawn into the
paint, and to the meaning of the eternity.
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