Veronica Aldous B.A( Hons) 
Lecturer
Artist and Poet

Specialisms:

  •  Lecturer in Fine Art and Creative Writing
  • Poetry and fiction, reviews and blogging
  • Silversmithing 
  • Textile artworks and embroidery

Statement

'Brought up in beautiful countryside, I only ever wanted to be a painter and poet from a  very young age. I found school got in the way of  being prodigious wanderer and observer of Nature, a reader and painter. My mother is a very productive person and I come from a long line of  artisans, Mum taught me to sew, paint and write, to knit and  to cook and garden. I used to accompany her to art galleries and the shops in Camden Passage as she was very interested in making the home attractive and also interesting.  I had some great art teachers who encouraged me, and my family were highly supportive of a career in the Arts. Painting, writing and the making of artefacts are primary human medicine and should be taught at all levels.
I believe in lifelong study and skills development. I am interested in the dynamism of paint, extending the possibilities of what it will do, exploring materials is second nature to me.  

I trained at Ravensbourne College and at Braintree College. I specialised in film making and painting. My films were poetic, concerned with the human face and the interface between illusion and reality. I worked in black and white which allowed me to paint on and manipulate the film. I was encouraged by my tutors; Roger Ackling and Annabel Nicholson. Quiet, textural and concentrated explorations of ideas of mortality; they were screened at the London Film Makers' Co-op. I was quite humbled to receive applause for such unusual offerings.
After College, I worked as an interior decorator, marbling, graining and painting murals in London and the surrounding counties. This successful business earned many commissions and I have worked in top London hotels and designed  murals for Inn on the Park Hotel, Maxwell's Restaurant Covent Garden, and specialist marbling for the Hyatt Carlton  and Selfridges to name a few venues.  This interesting work gained me commissions for my own paintings amongst my clients and also led to a career in Fine Art. Sourcing and providing Fine Art for clients was very exciting work which also  meant I could continue legitimately  continue studying History of Art and technique and  artmaterials.
I have organised and held many solo and group art exhibitions and also arts events for the London Borough of Croydon. I have exhibited in galleries in London and the South East.
I have  fibromyalgia and I also  use my work to raise awareness of this painful  and debilitatingcondition.

Presently, I teach Fine Art part time to adults and am, as ever, developing mixed media  formal abstract works which are semi abstract in nature, exploring space and colour and texture. This includes wall hangings using unusual design and stitch techniques which relate to the paintings. Figures, gardens and Classical Mythology are my inspiration. I am looking forward to exhibiting this collection. '

Veronica lives and works in a beautiful part of the North Downs where she can see and visit  her beloved hillsides and forests. 

1979
 Foundation in Art Braintree College; printmaking, textiles, silversmithing, painting, life drawing


1983 
B.A ( Hons) Fine Art and Film making Ravensbourne College 


John and the objects, and Turning Heads screened at the The Film Makers Co-operative in Camden 


1983-1985
Member of New Moon Studios artists' co-op
Exhibited Woodlands Gallery, Blackheath


1984- 2005
 Decorative artist and mural designer in London including commissioned  framed artworks


1992-1994 
Certificate in Education, Croydon College 


1998-1992
Exhibitions at Ecology Centre, Carshalton, Surrey

2000-2002 Member of Kairos Womens' Art Co operative. Exhibition Merton Centre and open studios events


2001
Exhibition Coningsby Gallery London


2002
 Illustration commissions for Barrons Books, Mythological subjects working closely with art directors and authors


2003-2005
Collaborate with local artists and organise series of exhibitions and  slam poetry events for Croydon. Poems published in Orbis and Haiku Quarterly

 

2003-2005 Scholarly articles for Urthona on the printmaking of Samuel Palmer and interview and article on  international artist Susan Kapuscinski.

2002-05 
Exhibited with Society for Art of the Imagination,  Highgate, London


2015-2018  Collaborates  with her editor, and publishes three collections of poetry, Moon Cinema, Mortal, Maja( available Amazon)


2005 – Present 
College lecturer in Fine Art and Creative Writing ( assessed as Outstanding)
Manages Etsy shop ( art, jewellery, textile art) and popular poetry blog.