Painter and ceramicist.
Angela Rumble is a painter based near Faversham, Kent who received her MA in Fine Art (1999) at UCA Canterbury and recently completed 3 years of the Turps Banana correspondence course. She works predominantly in oils but also print, sometimes in combination. Her inspiration is to use trees and landscape as a starting point. Fragments are broken down into more abstract elements which are worked on to give obsessive and often confusing detail.
She has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. She has shown twice at Wells Art Contemporary, her work is in the collection of Canterbury Museums and she has recently been elected as associate member of the Arborealists group.
More recently she has been making ceramics which are mostly hand built. The surfaces are largely monochrome and often relate to her paintings.
Describe what you do as a creative.
I am a painter who makes pots. I am interested in textures and pattern, earth colours and tones inspired by natural forms and, in particular, trees and woodland.
Tell us briefly about yourself so we understand where you come from. What’s your family background?
My family has been a mixture of artists and dentists…I am both.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
An artist and a dentist.
Can you remember your earliest experience with art?
I went to adult studies art classes at the age of ten.
Why did you start doing what you do? What are your reasons? What's your story?
I have always drawn and made things. As a dental student I was distracted by drawing anatomy and drawing out of the window when I should have been concentrating on dry subjects.
How did you begin doing what you do? How did it all start?
The moment I qualified as a dentist I started etching classes and never looked back. It led to ten years of printmaking followed by a part time fine art degree and MA followed by any post graduate study I could find.
My paintings used to use old medical photographs as starting point but gradually evolved with the human element being left out leaving behind the landscape alone. Trees now give me everything I need as a starting point. Fragments are broken down into more abstract elements which are worked on to give obsessive and often confusing detail.
My ceramic work started as a sideline which sits well in the spaces between painting activity. Over time it has taken on its own importance with the same ideas and inspiration as my painting.
What turns on your creativity? What triggers your need to create and to make art?
It’s always there. I spend most of my time in the studio surrounded by work in progress and ideas half formed
When were you most satisfied in your work? What is your golden moment so far?
My solo exhibition at Bermondsey Project Space. Just a shame it was in the middle of lockdown.
Describe a memorable response to your work? The way people responded to a piece of your work? What was their reaction? What did they say?
“Who did that dreadful painting in the waiting room?” It was a student work of mine – all dark sky and moody landscape and not appropriate to the audience of people wanting to be soothed before their dental appointment!
What is the most exciting part of your work at the moment?
Ongoing tree projects for the Arborealists. This gives me new starting points with the promise of an exhibition opportunity at the end.
What is your dream project?
A forest residency with an exhibition at the end- somewhere good.
Which artists / creative people are your heroes or inspiring figures?
Robert Ryman, Rebecca Salter, Agnes Martin and Lucie Rie.
What art/creativity related book should everyone read?
“Art and Fear” by David Bayles and Ted Orland
Forge Farmhouse,, Staplestreet, Faversham, Kent, United Kingdom, ME13 9UD
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