Gill Rocca is a London based artist recognised for her contemporary landscape paintings in oil. Born in Lancashire in 1971 she studied BA Fine Art at Leeds University and MA Fine Art at Winchester School of Art’s Studios in Barcelona. Since then she has exhibited regularly in solo and group shows in the UK and internationally, including a solo exhibition in Hong Kong in 2014 and representation in Australia and Canada. Her paintings have been selected for a number of curated exhibitions and art prizes in the UK including ‘Imagined Landscapes’ at RWA Bristol in 2016, the Threadneedle Prize, NOA and The Discerning Eye and are held in private collections worldwide.
‘My body of work primarily revolves around the representation of imagined landscapes. Executed in oil, the works vary in scale from intimate miniatures on resin and wood to large scale paintings on canvas.
Inspired by the realism of film and photography, the paintings attempt to create a dreamlike tension between reality, memory and the imagination.
Always uninhabited, shrouded in mist or captured as night draws in, the scenes pictured suggest an unspoken, unfinished narrative. The glow of streetlights or road markings act as traces in the paintings, often disappearing into the distance to merge again into empty space.’
1995-1996 MA Fine Art (Distinction) Winchester School of Art
1990-1994 BA (Hons.) Fine Art University of Leeds
2015 NOA Award – Hughie O’Donaghue Prize
1998 Arts Council North West Production Award to Artist-Curators
2010 The Royal Bank of Canada
2006 Olympia Group London
2004 British Airways UK
2003 McGraw Hill London