About

Gill Rocca is a London based artist recognised for her contemporary landscape paintings in oil. Born in Lancashire in 1971 she studied BA Fine Art at Leeds University and MA Fine Art at Winchester School of Art's Studios in Barcelona. Since then she has exhibited regularly in solo and group shows in the UK and internationally, most recently with a solo exhibition in Hong Kong and gallery representation in Australia and Canada.  Her paintings have been selected for a number of curated shows and competitions in the UK including the Threadneedle Prize, NOA and The Discerning Eye and are held in private collections worldwide. She is currently based at Studio Voltaire in London.

 


'My body of work primarily revolves around the representation of imagined landscapes. Executed in oil, the works vary in scale from intimate miniatures on resin and wood to large scale paintings on canvas. 

Inspired by the realism of film and photography, the paintings attempt to create a dreamlike tension between reality, memory and the imagination.

Always uninhabited, shrouded in mist or captured as night draws in, the scenes pictured suggest an unspoken, unfinished narrative. The glow of streetlights or road markings act as traces in the paintings, often disappearing into the distance to merge again into empty space.'


Education

1995-1996  MA Fine Art (Distinction) Winchester School of Art

1990-1994  BA (Hons.) Fine Art University of Leeds

 

Awards

2015       NOA Creative Award - O'Donaghue Prize

1998       Arts Council North West Production Award to Artist-Curators

 

Collections                 

2010        The Royal Bank of Canada

2006       Olympia Group London

2004       British Airways UK

2003       McGraw Hill London

 

Press, Essays & Features

2016       'Having Been There', Essay by Gemma Brace for 'Imagined
                Landscapes' at RWA

2015       ‘Art World News’ Key International Shows, Christie's Magazine
               'The Works' TV interview and review on RTHK , Hong Kong

2010-14   Galleries Magazine, Art of England Magazine, The Guardian,
                The Independent
                      
2008       Sunday Times Style Magazine, Irish Times on Sunday,
                St George Magazine, Time Out London

2000-7   Galleries Magazine, Guardian Guide, The Daily Telegraph,  
                House & Garden, Living Etc Magazine
                'Our Bodies of Work' Essay by Althea Greenan for MAKE
                Magazine/WAL
 

           

        

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Selected solo exhibitions                         

2014       Somewhere Here, Amelia Johnson Contemporary, Hong Kong
2012       Near to nowhere, bo.lee gallery, Bath
2011        Meet Me On The Horizon, Northcote Gallery Chelsea, London
2010       The Hare’s Corner, bo.lee gallery, Bath
               The Floating World, Northcote Gallery Chelsea, London
2008      Liminal Landscapes, Northcote Gallery Chelsea, London 2007
               Somewhere In Between, Northcote Gallery Chelsea, London
2006      67° North, Northcote Gallery Chelsea, London
2004      The Slow Movement, Northcote Gallery Chelsea, London
                Solid Ground, Clapham Art Gallery, London
2003       Soft Edges, Clapham Art Gallery, London  
2001        Deep Space, Studio Voltaire, London
1997        Blue Gallery, London with Effie Gibson

 

Selected group exhibitions

2016        Imagined Landscapes, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
                NOA 16, Mercer's Hall, London
                London Art Fair with GBS Fine Art

2015        NOA 15, Royal College of Art, London
                Art Central, Hong Kong with AJC Gallery
                London Art Fair with GBS Fine Art

2014        The Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London
                Small Wonders, Amelia Johnson Contemporary, Hong Kong
                London Art Fair with GBS Fine Art

2013        The Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London
                NOA 13, Royal College of Art, London
                London Art Fair with GBS Fine Art

2012        ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
                The Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London
                London Art Fair with GBS Fine Art

2010        Wood for the Trees, bo.lee gallery,  Octagon Chapel, Bath
                 A Visual Dialogue, bo.lee gallery, Octagon Chapel, Bath

2001        SV Open, Studio Voltaire, London

1998        Process, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery
                Cabinet Paintings, Blue Gallery, London