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©2019 by Hazel Mountford

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About

I am a fine art acrylic painter based in Bristol. Living and working in an urban environment has shaped and influenced my practice. My main focus is the ongoing competition for space between an ever-expanding human population and their animal neighbours, an evolving intricate jigsaw. I’m fascinated by the meeting point between these two worlds, examining the cross connections.


My paintings are highly detailed, presented on simple or minimal backgrounds and strive to capture a sense of quiet beauty, allowing the viewer time to pause and reconnect with nature. I work on wood panels, created by myself and my father. The panel shapes themselves are influenced by the shapes, architecture and negative spaces of the man-made landscape and are used to create a stage my creatures can interact with.


My work has been featured in Art of England, the BBC Wildlife Magazine, Artists and Illustrators and the RA Magazine. I have exhibited in London, Glasgow, Dublin, Brussels, New York, Toronto, Singapore and Hong Kong. In 2009 I won the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year- British Mammals and in 2016 and 2019 was shortlisted for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year.

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Education

2009 Open University: BSc (Hons) Earth Sciences

1993 Wimbledon School of Art: BA (Hons) Theatre- Technical Arts Interpretation

1990 Maidstone College of Art: Art Foundation

 

Awards

2019 Shortlisted for David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year

2016 Shortlisted for David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year

2009 Winner of the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year - British Mammals

 

Recent Exhibitions

2019  Fresh Art Fair, Ascot UK, Wildlife Artist of The Year, Mall Galleries London UK; Hampstead Affordable Art Fair, London UK; Fresh Art Fair, Cheltenham, UK;

Brussels Affordable Art Fair, Belgium; A Breath of Fresh Air’ Exhibition, Byard Gallery, Cambridge UK; Battersea Affordable Art Fair, London UK

 

2018  Art for Youth London, Mall Galleries, London, UK: The Other Art Fair Bristol, UK: Hampstead Affordable Art Fair, London ,UK:

Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong, China; Fresh Art Fair, Cheltenham, UK; Brussels Affordable Art Fair, Belgium;

Spring Exhibition, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, UK; Battersea Affordable Art Fair, London UK

           

2017  Solo show, Cube Gallery, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, UK; 33 Art Sale in aid of The Rural Refugee Network, Bordean House, Petersfield, UK; 

Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong; Fresh Art Fair, Cheltenham, UK; Battersea Affordable Art Fair, London, UK; Affordable Art Fair Singapore

 

2016  David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year, Mall Galleries, London, UK; Art Antiques London, Kensington Gardens, London, UK

33 Art Sale in aid of The Rural Refugee Network, Bordean House, Petersfield, UK; Battersea Affordable Art Fair, London, UK;

London Art Fair, Islington, UK

 

2015   Singapore Affordable Art Fair, Singapore; 'We Own the Night', solo show, Albion Gallery, Cotswolds, UK;

New York City Affordable Art Fair, USA; 20 / 21 International Art Fair, London, UK; Battersea Affordable Art Fair, London, UK;

Summer Exhibition, Redsea Gallery, Singapore

 

2014  Singapore Affordable Art Fair; Boston International Art Fair, USA; Art Toronto, Canada; Summer Show, Albion Gallery, Cotswolds; 

Battersea Affordable Art Fair, Spring Collection, London, UK

 

2013   Animal/Liminal, Leyden Gallery, London, UK; Singapore Affordable Art Fair, Singapore; Affordable Art Fair Stockholm, Sweden;

Hong Kong Affordable Art Fair, China; Battersea Affordable Art Fair, Spring Collection, London, UK; London Art Fair, Islington, UK