Born in Dublin in 1952, Judith Appleby qualified as an architect and spent most of her career teaching architecture. Her Master’s degree in education developed new ways of teaching creativity. She has a PhD from Nottingham University. Judy took up full time painting in 2006 and as a self-taught artist has applied herself intensively to studying the work of other artists and discovering her own concepts for painting.
Judy’s work demonstrates a distinctive style and she is emerging as a significant artist in North East of England. Her first solo show was at The Sage, Gateshead in October 2010 and she is currently contracted with The Biscuit Factory Gallery in Newcastle where she also has a studio. The Old School Gallery in Alnmouth usually shows a good range of Judy's work, but particularly her paintings of the Farne Islands and North Northumberland.
“My paintings vary in character, but many have a distinctive recurring theme of emphasis of patterns and geometries of natural and man-made structures in the landscape. My work is usually an abstracted ordering of colour, structure and form in a familiar context. However, I have introduced a strong narrative to my new work on North East Coast historical shipwrecks. This has added an exciting new dimension for further exploration in 2020”
Judy’s most recent work, now showing with ScotlandArt, explores the striking relationship of site to ‘industrial’ building in the landscapes of Scotland. The distilleries are a simple functional form which is dramatically enhanced by its context.
Paintings by Judy are in public and private collections in Scotland, England, Ireland, Holland, California, and Goa.