JUDITH CAIN - Picturing Japan, 2016
Judith Cain was born in York in 1944. Having studied painting at Leeds College of Art, from 1960 to 1964, she went on to do a further year at Goldsmiths College, London University in 1965. In 1985, Judy accepted the post of Painting Co-ordinator in the Fine Art Department at Leeds Metropolitan University, where she worked, until her retirement in 2006.
Paintings made during the last four years have been fuelled by research trips to Northern India and more recently Japan. The contrasting cultures of these two societies have helped her to make two quite distinct bodies of work. Whilst the interest in landscape, nature and plants is always evident in the paintings; colour, pattern and a close observance of traditional textile crafts have taken on increasingly significant roles in the development of ideas.
Judy has exhibited worldwide, and in 2004, was invited by the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, London, to exhibit paintings that explored the flora of Kazakhstan. In 2008, Judy was commissioned to design a floor for the radiotherapy reception area of the new Leeds Hospital, and also a corridor of paintings to accompany it. The work has now been installed and is an integral part of the feeling of healing and rehabilitation to the radiotherapy wing of the hospital.
Judy has won numerous awards, most recently The Discerning Eye in 2010, as the Northern Regional Prizewinner. Her work can be found in Public, Private and Corporate Collections worldwide.
Judy Cain has been exhibiting with Thackeray Gallery since 1991.