ABOUT MY WORK

Miriam EscofetI have explored many ideas and subject matter in my work, but the unifying passion in all my paintings is describing a sense of space, volume, atmosphere and detail, arriving at a kind of hyper real expression of the subject matter. These same pictorial concerns govern when I am engaged in portraiture, a relatively recent theme in my work.

My 'arrival' at painting has been a slightly unusual one, in the sense that I purposely set out to study a skills based 3D Design course, where I specialized in ceramics. My rationale for this being that I have always loved the making process. Drawing and making are still at the core of the work, but painting allows me to invent other spaces and ideas with no physical constraints.

I paint mainly in oils, my technique is extremely detailed, applying many layers and glazes to achieve a sense of space and mood. I keep working at a piece until I feel that I have arrived at an expression of palpable space.

My work is very classically inspired and the journey to a painting can be very multi-disciplinary; often involving the construction of props or elaborate maquettes and the use of complex perspective. My themes revolve around ideas of aesthetics, imagination and symbolism, including allegorical and archetypal subjects and the idea of magical landscapes and archaic pasts.

I look at paintings as portals - worlds one can visually step into and be transported and sometimes even transformed by. I believe the primary function of art is to trigger a moment of transcendence in the viewer, a sense of timeless connectedness to the universe. In short to fill one with wonder.

My work has been exhibited widely in London and Europe, including many solo exhibitions.


BIOGRAPHY

Born in Barcelona in 1967, moved to the UK in 1979.
1986 Foundation course at Epsom School of Art & Design
1991 Graduated (BA Hons) in 3D Design at Brighton School of Art
Exhibited widely in London and Europe.
Selected for the BP Portrait Award exhibition several times and for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibitions.
Elected associate member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 2014.
Awarded the Burke's Peerage Foundation Prize for Classically Inspired Portraiture 2015

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO:

2013 / 14 Miriam Escofet & Jose Escofet, John Davies Gallery, Moreton-in-Marsh
2010 / 11 Jose Escofet & Miriam Escofet, Forte dei Marmi, Italy
2009 Albemarle Gallery, London
2007 Galerie Michelle Boulet, Paris.
2005 Galerie Michelle Boulet, Paris
2001 Albemarle Gallery, London
1998 Albemarle Gallery, London
1997 Rafael Valls Gallery, London
1996 Christopher Wood Gallery, Mallett of Bond Street, London
1994 Exhibition of ceramics at Pulbrook & Gould, London

GROUP:

2017 Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition, Mall galleries, London
2016 Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition, Mall galleries, London
2015 MEAM Museum, Figurativas 2015, Barcelona
2015 Through My Eyes - Contemporary Portraiture, Gibberd Gallery, Harlow
2015 Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition, Mall galleries, London
2014 Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition, Mall galleries, London
2013 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2013 Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition, Mall galleries, London
2012 BP Portrait Award exhibition 2012 at The National Portrait Gallery
2012 Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition, Mall galleries, London
2010 BP Portrait Award exhibition 2010 at The National Portrait Gallery
2009 BP Portrait Award exhibition 2009 at The National Portrait Gallery
2007 BP Portrait Award exhibition 2007 at The National Portrait Gallery
2006 10th Anniversary Show, Albemarle Gallery, London
2006 Vent Des Arts (du Reve au Fantastique) Sanary-Sur-Mer, France
2005 'Maitres Conteporaines de l'Imaginaire' , Galerie Michelle Boulet, Paris.
2000 'Millenium Exhibition' at the Albemarle Gallery, London
1999 'du Reel a l'Imaginaire', Galerie Michelle Boulet, Paris.
1999 'Annual Still - Life and Trompe l'Oeil Show', Albemarle Gallery, London
1996 trompe l'oeil paintings, Rafael Valls Gallery, London
1994 Saanen Gallery, Gstaad, Switzerland
1990 Mallett of Bond Street, London