Biography and painting practice
Wendy Winfield was born in London and studied at Kingston School of Art and
The Courtauld School of Art. In the 1970s she was a pupil with the American
Abstract Expressionist painter, Abraham Rattner, and thereafter with the
Bomberg-influenced school of painters under Roy Oxlade in Tunbridge Wells.
After a career in advertising, Winfield turned to full-time artistic practice
in the latter half of the 1980s. Over the past 35 years, Wendy produced a vast
body of work comprising oil and watercolour works, etchings and drawings
from her light-filled studio in Kingston. She exhibited in both solo and group
exhibitions in London and elsewhere and, in the past few years, was a highly
active member of the
Drawing London Group
She also exhibited regularly with the Piers Feetham Gallery.
Wendy Winfield's work is figurative and takes its inspiration from a study of
motifs including landscape, figure composition and still life. It is informed
by the paintings of Matisse and American and European Expressionism. Bold
colour and expressive gesture are central to Winfield's painting and drawing.
The process of painting is as important as the end result. The paint is
manipulated, layered, allowed to drip, rubbed-in, scraped away and generally
Sometimes the organization of the painting, the two-dimensional composition,
colour and drawing are determined in advance, at other times these dimensions
must be flexible in order to achieve a result. Colour which generally
establishes mood is likely to be the initial stimulus to starting to paint
and is likely to be the one constant but even this may be subject to change.
The importance of drawing from observation is an important feature
work. She spent most summers in France or Italy working out of doors directly
from nature both drawing and painting: "I have visited Languedoc four or five
times to paint, and love the wildness of the terrain, the changing light and
temperamental weather. But the wonderful thing is that you can always find
a sunny sheltered spot to set out your paints and get to work". Wendy's
starting point for most of her work was nature. More recently, Wendy spent
a lot of time drawing and painting in and around London. As she noted some
years ago: 'What I love about working en plein air
is the total
unpredictability of it. You don't know where it will take you or what you
will end up with! My interest is to capture the character of motif - figures
or landscape - together with using the medium strongly and directly".