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 subsequently MA Fine Art at Winchester School of Art's Studios in Barcelona, graduating with distinction in 1996. 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 Melbourne, Australia and Montreal, 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.


'My body of work primarily revolves around the representation of landscapes that exist as much in the memory as in reality. 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 the reality of the landscape and the imagination.

Always uninhabited, the anonymous scenes pictured suggest an unspoken, unfinished narrative. The glow of streetlights or road markings offer the only hint at human presence and act as traces in the paintings, often disappearing into the distance to merge again into empty space.

Shrouded in mist or captured as night draws in, the scenes invite the viewer to reflect upon their own memories and experiences.'




Education

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

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

 

Awards

 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

2015             Christie’s Magazine ‘Art World News’,
                     Featured artist on ‘The Works’  RTHK, Hong Kong

2011              The Independent, Guardian Guide

2010             Galleries Magazine, Art of England Magazine

2008            Sunday Times Style Magazine, Irish Times on Sunday,
                     St George Magazine, Time Out London

2007            Living Etc Magazine

2006            House and Garden Magazine

2003            The Daily Telegraph

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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

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

2004       Common Fields, The Florence Trust, London

2001        SV Open, Studio Voltaire, London

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