Judy Buxton was born in Sydney Australia, in 1961. She studied at Torquay College Art Foundation 1999-1990, then Painting at Falmouth College of Art 1990-1993 and received a First-Class Honours degree in Fine Art. Following this, Judy was awarded a bursary to study to study at the Royal Academy Schools in London for a Post Graduate Diploma in Painting from 1990-1993 and was awarded a RA PG Dip in Fine Art Painting.
In 1995, Judy moved to Cornwall establishing both her home and studio where she continues to practice to this day.
Over the years, Judy has made regular trips back to her native Australia, making paintings ‘en plein air’ which have been inspired by the bushland and creeks. However, back home, Judy’s stimulation and creativity is drawn from the surrounding landscape, heath, hedgerows, coast, creeks and river reflections. Her large, painterly canvasses of wild Cornwall have a strong, physical atmospheric presence.
Other themes include Still-life and Equine subjects. Studio still-lives of delicate flowers and objects, their transience requiring an urgent response, the marks on the canvasses echoing the fall of the petals on the table. The monumental, universal forms of horses and riders gives life to a figurative, bold, sculptural drawing and carving on the canvas, expressing her passion for the subject. Judy is renowned for her bold and vigorous use of paint, predominantly applied with a palette knife, each stroke defining something crucial in the composition and balance of the work.
Over the years, Judy has received numerous awards and reviews, student prizes including the David Murray Travel Scholarship and the prestigious Sir Cyril Sweet Prize, for which she received the honour of the Freedom of the City of London. Other prizes include, Royal Watercolour Prize, First Prize Gold, The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainer’s in 1996, the NatWest Finalist and Prize Winner in 1997, The Hunting Art Prize Winner in 2005.
Judy’s work has been exhibited in Solo Shows throughout the UK since 1996, and her work can be found in many Public, Private and Corporate Collections, both in the UK and worldwide; including The Swiss Bank, Connaught Hotel, Richard Hannon Racing, Godolphin Stables, Firmdale Hotels and Falmouth University.
Thackeray Gallery has been representing Judy’s work since 2008.