Valerie Grove Artist

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Nature Strikes Back 
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Welcome to Nature Strikes Back.
 
I have a diverse and itinerant career with extended periods living or travelling across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the US. As well as being an artist my life experience includes editor, researcher, cultural policy consultant, political analyst, reviewer, website builder, community arts organiser, academic tutor, global project manager, teacher, club hostess, supermarket assistant, barmaid and dog-walker.  The best job was definitely the last one in that list.     
 
My artistic practice is experimental and led by materials and process with an underlying environmental theme. I started painting on found objects in the mid 1990s, depicting natural scenes with an often toxic combination of traditional art materials, spray paint, wax, tape, varnish and bleach. Gradually incorporating digital printer inks as a primary medium made the work more vivid and the landscapes more 'artificial'. I digitised many of these works which then provided a foundation for a print series that played with the composition, texture and spectrum variants of paint and digital. From the mid-2000s I worked with site-specific and themed installation works both internationally and in the UK. Most of the above is archived on this website.
 
In 2015, I began working with plain acrylic and raw, natural materials. The subtle colours and textures in these paintings, and their sense of stillness and order, is a stark contrast to the constant movement and intense colour saturation of our contemporary visual environments. I am still working on this series of paintings and am curating an open web project called ' Elegy ' that encourages people to explore feelings and experiences related to death and dying.  I am also creating a small sculpture garden in the Sussex village of Crowhurst. 

Most works on this site are for sale. Feel free to contact me for more details or for higher resolutuon images. 

Valerie Grove, September 2018 
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Valerie Grove 2017
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'Libraries raised me'
​Ray Bradbury​​

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