Veronica Aldous B.A( Hons)
Artist and Poet
- Lecturer in Fine Art and Creative Writing
- Poetry and fiction, reviews and blogging
- Textile artworks and embroidery
'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.
Foundation in Art Braintree College; printmaking, textiles, silversmithing, painting, life drawing
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
Member of New Moon Studios artists' co-op
Exhibited Woodlands Gallery, Blackheath
Decorative artist and mural designer in London including commissioned framed artworks
Certificate in Education, Croydon College
Exhibitions at Ecology Centre, Carshalton, Surrey
2000-2002 Member of Kairos Womens' Art Co operative. Exhibition Merton Centre and open studios events
Exhibition Coningsby Gallery London
Illustration commissions for Barrons Books, Mythological subjects working closely with art directors and authors
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.
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.