Varosha Cornford

People and their stories fascinate me and so my work focuses mainly on portraiture, which I generally paint in oil on canvas. I am self-taught and work in my studio at home. I enrich my practice with regular life drawing, occasional short courses and by visiting as many exhibitions as I can. Self-portraits are also a regular feature of my work.

I’m currently working on a project called Bristol Faces, with sculptor, and RWA drawing school tutor, Sophie Howard. In this ongoing series we aim to portray a vast array of Bristol residents in order to capture something of the spirit and character of the city. We’ve had two exhibitions of this work already, in June 2019 at the Vestibules, College Green and in September 2019 at Hours, Colston Yard. The next edition of Bristol Faces will be at the Create Centre in September 2020

I’m also working towards a solo show at Centrespace Gallery in Autumn 2020 – this is a personal project, which has evolved from my fascination with the art and culture of Mexico.

Solo/Joint Shows​

September 2019 - Bristol Faces 2nd Edition - Hours Space, Colston Yard, Bristol

June 2019 - Bristol Faces - The Vestibules, City Hall, Bristol

September 2018 – 13 - Hours Space, Colston Yard, Bristol

October 2015 - Faces, Spaces, Places - Hours Space, Colston Yard, Bristol

Selected Group Shows

September - December 2019 - RWA 167 Annual Open Exhibition - Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

July - August 2019 - RBSA Portrait Prize - RBSA Gallery, Birmingham

May - June 2019 - Bath Society of Artists Annual Open Exhibition 2019 - Victoria Art Gallery, Bath

July - August 2018 - Evolver Prize - ACEarts, Somerton

July - August 2017 - Evolver Prize - Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton

July - August 2017 - RBSA Portrait Prize - RBSA Gallery, Birmingham

July - August 2015 - Evolver Prize - Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton



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