Henrietta Dubrey

Living and working in West Penwith on the north coast of Cornwall, Henrietta is a painter who enjoys encompassing different aspects of inspiration in to her often diverse paintings. Working mainly in oil on canvas and occasionally on paper, first and foremost it is the paint itself that gives the immediate starting point to a work. "Through my painting I explore process and outcome. As the subject becomes evident I am able to let the work dictate its own direction."
It was the work of the second-generation St Ives artists such as Roger Hilton, Patrick Heron and Terry Frost that drew her to Cornwall after a spell of five years living in northern France. Her influences also spread further afield to American abstract expressionism and French painting, especially Picasso and Matisse. Important other avenues of inspiration range from books, magazines and music, to family life and holidays. Dubrey studied painting in London at the Byam Shaw School of Art, Wimbledon School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools in the late 1980s. Being right at the centre of the gallery scene and the hustle and bustle of central London was an invaluable and formative experience.