1951 - ?

Pippa Darbyshire

Philippa S. E. Darbyshire, was born in Malaysia in 1951, into a naval family. Most of her childhood was abroad spending most of her later life in training, performing and teaching ballet and dance. Pippa started her art career late in life, but had always painted as a hobby and later worked on furniture and murals. She studied at Ipswich Art School then at Norwich Art School. In 1990, she opened her own art gallery with a small private art school at Felixstowe, Suffolk named 'Artworks' and at the same time taught Life Drawing on the degree course at Suffolk College in Ipswich under Ken Back [q.v.], who had been her tutor. She married at Ipswich in 1987, Peter P. Cooke but paints as Pippa Darbyshire. In 2001, Pippa and her husband Peter moved to France and opened an art gallery 'Relais de la Baie' mainly as a platform for selling her own work. Its success marked a turning point in her art career as she now lives and works in Noyelles-sur-mer, on the estuary of the river Somme, and paints mostly seascapes of the local bay and where she also runs a cafe with a permanent exhibition of her work. There have been many phases in her artistic career, from the very painterly and expressionistic early figures and still life, through a period of working from photographs and spent six months in fashion design. Pippa paints her surrounding country and seaside from her van or in her studio from detailed drawings, measurements and notes. Her paintings are figurative tending towards abstraction and vary in size from minature to extremely large canvases. She has had several solo exhibitions in Suffolk as well as in London and France and continues to exhibit.

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