An artist who creates vibrant depictions of London using linocuts will have her first full exhibition at an art gallery next year.
Gail Brodholt, from Woolwich, is a painter and printmaker of the contemporary urban landscape and is set to have her work on show from February next year at the Eames Fine Art gallery near London Bridge.
Her work depicts the London transport network and the journeys made across the city on Tubes, trains and in the car: the unconsidered backdrop to our daily lives.
Gail is a voracious reader and says she is constantly inspired by the written word.
Her stunning linocuts – often depicting the London Underground, train stations, and other scenes of transport – obtain their titles from pieces of poetry or prose that have touched her in some way.
The poem, by R.P. Lister, Buses on the Strand, lent its title to one of Gail’s newest linocuts. Gail’s work provides an organic melding of word and image, going beyond being simply an illustration of a poem or piece of writing.
To Gail, poems and artworks are “like going for a walk,” they could lead to many narratives or discoveries.
This upcoming exhibition foregrounds the relationships between poetry, prose and Gail’s linocuts.
She was commissioned by London Transport to produce prints for two posters to support their initiative Hidden London, which aims to open up the secrets of disused parts of the London Underground network.
Gail was asked to feature two stations: The Strand/Aldwych station and the Highgate High Level station.
Both of these striking posters will be displayed throughout London early 2020.
Gail trained at the School of Fine Art, Kingston University. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and was appointed Honorary Curator in 2013.
Gail is the recipient of many awards and prizes including the Birgit Skiöld Award and the Paintings in Hospitals prize.