Joy Godfrey 2013

I went to Bradford College of Art 1973-77 and one of my early successes was having a painting accepted at the Northern Young Contemporaries exhibition in the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.

Malham Cove is my latest fascination and the subject several oil paintings. I am concentrating more on painting now and continue to mix my own paints from the original pigments – this produces wonderful colours and also saves quite a bit of money! I am always receptive to new ideas  –faded shapes and colour marks on wall – the more unconventional ideas happen in an instant and I either do a quick sketch or take a photograph to remind me of what I saw or how I felt. These thoughts or ideas can lay dormant for quite a while or I may start work interpreting them straight away.

I continue to screenprint, one or two editions a year, usually of the wonderful scenery in Yorkshire – and am planning a new series in neutral colours after my Brimham Rocks with blue skies last year!

I have exhibited in major northern city art galleries and also had work accepted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. My work is in many collections including banks and building societies, BUPA, St. Luke’s Hospital, Bradford, the headquarters of the Yorkshire Building Society and numerous private collections.

I have a studio in central Ilkley which I open on Saturday mornings and Tuesdays afternoons or at other times by appointment.