Gail de Cordova
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My work reflects a world of memory and dream. I am inspired by the natural world and how it touches us at a deeper level. I grew up in Cornwall whose beauty is a strong inlfuence as is the light and colour of Andalucia. My ancestors are form Cordoba, hence my name. I live and work in Cambridge wher ethe ever changing skies adn flat watery strips of land are perfect for dreaming and reflecting.

I am passionate about painting, about hte colours and textures of life. I work very intuitively building up layers of different materials which  include plaster, paper, pastels adn acyllic adn oil paint. This gives a rich surface suggestive of the effects of time. I attempt to get under the skin of a landscape or still life; to find its essence. The process is transformational and I really live each painting as I make it.


Halcyon Days

Mixed media on canvas 100 x 130 cm

My Events

Gail de Cordova at The Saffron Walden Gallery Xmas show
27 Nov 2015 - 16:15
Christmas Spirit Exhibition 27th November to 31st December
Gail de Cordova at The Saffron Walden Gallery Xmas show
'The Holly and the Ivy' Christmas group exhibition at The Saffron Walden Gallery
28 Nov 2014 - 10:00 to 24 Dec 2014 - 10:00
Gail de Cordova is exhibiting in the Saffron Walden Gallery's Christmas show. Open daily from 10.00 a.m including Christmas eve - see website for details.
'The Holly and the Ivy' Christmas group exhibition at The Saffron Walden Gallery

July Open Studios

Cambridge Open Studios 2019
Cambridge Open Studios 2019
Painting and mixed media on canvas
Layered paintings that connect with the natural and the dream world.
  • Commissions Taken
  • Visitors All Year
  • Tuition Given

My inspiration begins with the beauty of the natural and the domestic world and how we connect with it at a deeper level. I start with a blank canvas or paper on the floor, deciding which way up it will go at a later stage. Slowly I build up layers of different materials, which may include acrylic paint, plaster, paper, chalks oils and pastels. I don’t have a preconceived idea of how the painting will look so that images, textures and colours just begin to form. The challenge is achieving a balance between conscious decisions and what arrives intuitively.
A constant source of inspiration are both the details of the world around me, and the much larger view. I structure the picture, often working with straight edges and rectangles, echoing the outside edges of the canvas. I'm interested in the contrasts and contradictions between illusory space and surface and texture. But what really excites me is the point at which the painting takes on a life of its own and begins to flow of its own accord.