About Gerry Dudgeon
Gerry Dudgeon was born in Darjeeling, India in 1952 and studied Fine Art (BA Hons Painting) at Camberwell School of Art, London and Reading University (MFA Painting) where the St Ives artist Terry Frost was professor.
After a travelling scholarship to New York in 1981 awarded by the Slade School of Art, Gerry moved to London, where he rented studios in Wapping, the Barbican and Brixton before moving to West Dorset in 1987.
Gerry is currently working on paintings based on the hills and valleys of West Dorset and the vineyards of the Languedoc in SW France.
He has exhibited at the RA summer show, the RWA and the New English Art Club as well as the Affordable Art Fair in London.
These recent paintings are inspired by the light and colour of the Languedoc, which I visit frequently. I am fascinated by the contrast between the wildness of the terrain and the regularity of the vineyards, punctuated by the vertical accents of cypresses.
I start each work with loose, abstract underpainting and I like some of these marks to show through in the final state, so that the work is as much about the excitement of painting as about the depiction of place.