Wendy Corbett

Safe In The Arms - Chimpanzees by Wendy Corbett
Fearless- Leopards by Wendy Corbett
Mine All Mine- Polar Bears by Wendy Corbett
No Greater Love- Cheetah by Wendy Corbett
You Sleep ill Stand- Lions by Wendy Corbett
Annual family holidays to the coast during her childhood ensured that celebrated contemporary landscape, animal and figurative artist, Wendy Corbett would always have an affinity with the sea and always try to answer its call. She fondly recalls endless summer evenings spent sitting on the beach, enjoying one last dip and simply sat there, watching the ebb and flow of the tide. In Corbett’s own words, she says; “The sea stirs something deep within me, which I hope shows in my work. I never grow tired of watching it”. For anyone who’s privy to Corbett’s hallmark compositions centred on seascapes it’s apparent from first glance that she detracts so much more from this vista than perhaps many others would. Corbett eulogises about the way it adapts to the changing light, moods and atmospheres, citing how climatical changes alter the wave’s patterns and just how it feels to taste the salt on your lips when stood down wind.

So therefore it comes as no surprise to learn that her compositions visually reflect and pictorially echo these ever changing faces of an inspirational environ, and that Corbett moved from her native West Midlands to settle in Devon as soon as it was feasible to do so; and remained there for 13 years capturing the precise illustrative nature of these land and seascapes at her now immediate beck and call. It was also whilst engrossed and cocooned in this creatively influential surround that Corbett finally realised her long-held dream of becoming a bona fida professional artist, something she’d been striving to achieve for as long as she could remember. There in Devon, with this boundless, surplus supply of ready muse on her doorstep, Corbett staked her own artistic claim, and eventually established herself, her art and a solid reputation to boot.

Born in Birmingham in 1953, Corbett had tried on various careers before finding the right creative one that was inevitably made to measure, following in her father’s footsteps to a certain degree too. After originally planning on an animal-based career during her school days (despite attaining impressive A Grades at A-Level art), Corbett was talked into forgetting about fanciful vocations such as the aforementioned and instead focus on obtaining a ‘real’ profession, by her school’s career’s advisors. It didn’t take long however to realise that teacher training wasn’t for her, and dropped out, at that juncture not sure which direction to take next.

After a spell of various jobs, from farming to forklift truck driving, Corbett agreed to work alongside her father, in his business as a sign writer. Enjoying this – and finding the time to further her own art in her spare time – Corbett’s (again) brief dalliance with artist lettering for commercial ventures was cruelly cut short by the advent of computer design technology; which effectively spelt the end of the hand-rendered, traditional art aspect of sign writing. This signalled Corbett’s belief that life would perhaps be better should she reinvent herself somewhere less familiar, and so her relocation plans were put into place thereafter.

After making the break and taking the chance, Corbett has never looked back on what might have been had she stayed around in her native West Midlands, and today is a hugely popular and talented artist, admired and collected for both her vivid seascapes and wildlife subjects, while also in latter years she’s explored a more figurative side to her art. Yet in terms of her best known compositional pieces, her landscapes, Corbett’s silhouettes and string shadows indicative in her signature coastal canvases, complete with rock vibrant rock forms and broken, distorted water elements, reels viewers in to her majestic studies like nothing else.

When questioned about her seascapes and body of animal-derived work, Corbett is quick to point out just what these two subjects mean to her. Corbett; “The two subjects I paint are my two great passions, wildlife and the sea. I hope that, because they stir something deep within me, I transfer that to my work.” She goes on to add; “Whether I am working on wildlife drawings or pastel seascapes I tend to lose myself in my work; I become completely absorbed and the time just fly’s by.” Corbett’s passion for travel has clearly influenced her wildlife paintings, having enjoyed safaris on trips to Botswana and observed breath-taking coasts while visiting Sri Lanka. The landscapes and wildlife she’s been exposed to have needless to say captivated her and in turn her visual documentation as such has systematically led to Corbett having been a regular finalist in the Wildlife Artist of the Year Awards.

In 2002 Corbett’s work came to the attention of one of the UK’s largest fine art publishers, Washington Green, who made immediate overtures to the artist about commercially representing her and collaborating on projects going forward.
This allegiance proved the making of Corbett’s public identity on a wider scale, and since she signed up to Washington Green Corbett has experienced much success with limited edition print reproductions and her 2005/6 Festival of Light Tour. Corbett decamped from Devon to Lancashire in 2004, not more than a stone’s throw from the magnanimous Lake District National Park, again finding an accessible source of inspiration on her doorstep. Having said this, Corbett makes an annual pilgrimage around the British Isles year on year, pitching up at new coastal locations each time.

Corbett has exhibited at London’s Mall Galleries and has been featured artist in several wildlife exhibitions at Halcyon Gallery in the ICC Birmingham, while her work is universally debuted in galleries across the country.

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