Born in Dublin in 1952, Judith Appleby qualified as an architect and spent most of her career teaching architecture Her Masters degree developed new ways of teaching creativity. She has a PhD from Nottingham University. Judy took up full time painting in 2006 and as a self-taught artist has applied herself intensively to studying the work of other artists and discovering her own concepts for painting.
Judy's work demonstrates a distinctive style and her paintings hae been shown in various locations around the North East and have attracted enthusiastic interest. Her first solo show was at the Sage, Gateshead and she has exhibited at The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle. The Old School Gallery in Alnmouth usually shows a good range of Judy's work but particularly her paintings of the Farne Islands and North Northumberland.
Judy lives in Gosforth and in Falstone, Northumberland, and has a painting studio at the Bbox, Newcastle.
"The historic landscape of Northumberland is a constant source of inspiration. I have been developing an approach that exaggerates the natural geometries of rocks and skies, and then overlaying these with stylised interpretations of powerful structures. The effects have suggestions of cubism and some abstracted images are reminiscent of the elegance of Art Deco. It is a demanding technique and progress is slow as individual shapes must be masked for painting. In contrast to this I also work with a more expressive broad brush approach, but still emphasising the patterns and geometries of natural and manmade structures in the landscape."