Jill Barthorpe

A graduate of Slade School of Art, Jill won a European scholarship and went to paint in South West France for a year. Returning to London she set up a studio but has always enjoyed a deep connection with the countryside and now works both in London and at her studio in rural Lincolnshire.


For me the excitement of painting is trying to capture the ‘likeness’ of things without slavish description. Paradoxically I find the most interesting way to carve out this reality is to use objects of an ephemeral nature: trees, clouds, flowers; their constant movement and the passage of the light during the day forces me to make decisions about their essential character and to attempt to draw that, rather than rely on an impression based on the moment. Similarly my approach to colour is to distil the essence and define the point of change rather than model the surface.”


Over the past 25 years Jill has exhibited extensively in the UK and America including four solo exhibitions in London. Her paintings have been selected several times for ‘Critics Choice’ exhibitions and have been sold through Christie’s of London contemporary art sales. Her work also features in several important corporate collections.