United KingdomFigurative Contemporary
I find Suffolk’s coastal landscape endlessly inspiring. The huge skies, wide seas, and empty beaches occupied by small figures all become part of the tapestry of a compelling composition. I am attracted to a strong abstract design and ignore much of what I see flattening out shapes and spaces.
Delia Tournay-Godfrey is a figurative painter who works directly from the subject either out in the landscape, in her car or in a studio overlooking the Suffolk coast. She studied Art & Design (BA Hons) at Suffolk College (UEA) and then Fine Art with Ken Back. Delia’s paintings possess calm, poetic observation coupled with sensitive technique. The work has an uncomplicated quality with enviable light, sure brushwork; a clear vision cleanly painted in close tones with a subtle palette. Life drawing is an essential part of Delia’s practice. She organises regular Life Drawing Days in Rendlesham where artists come together and work from the model. She comments, “A lot of my paintings are of figures walking in a landscape, an activity that I enjoy either here or away on holidays. I love to be walking in the landscape, over hills, by the shore and through interesting towns and cities, or mostly under an enormous Suffolk sky enjoying the connection I have with the place I am walking in. Always looking, always absorbing and always selecting. This all inspires my painting.” Delia’s work has been widely exhibited throughout East Anglia, Southern England, and London. Recent successes include being awarded a Purchase Prize at the Discerning Eye and to have been selected for the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize.Show more Show Less