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My strongest response is to shape. As I walk about London, my eye is often caught by shapes, especially shapes that I see on the pavement - it might be a bright leaf in a dark puddle, or a crushed sweet wrapping or a cracked paving stone. A shape or juxtaposition of shapes that I see by chance can seem to acquire an intensity or visual significance. I have come to see that what Francis Bacon said is right: 'All shapes have an emotional implication'.

These found shapes become the starting points for my paintings and prints. As I work in my studio, the shapes might change scale, their colours might transform, their contours might become stronger or weaker. During this process I hope to learn what the shapes and their relationships mean metaphorically to me. 

 Eleanor Engle


Born 18 February 1959, London

Foundation Course, Central School of Art and Design (now Central Saint Martins), 1977-8

Fine Art (Painting), B.A Hons, Central School of Art and Design, 1983-86

Advanced Studies in Printmaking, Central School of Art and Design, 1986-89




2018   'Small Talk’, North London Collegiate School

2014   ‘Slow Slow Quick Quick Slow’, North and South Gallery, London

2010    ‘In Your Own Time’, Woburn Gallery, London

2005    ‘Flying Start’, Woburn Gallery, London

2001    ‘Two’s a Crowd', Seven Seven Gallery, London

1996    ‘Inner Ear’, Royal College of Pathologists, London

1992    ‘Looking Down instead of Along’, Wolfson College, Oxford

1991    ‘Encounter with Apple Core’, Islington Arts Factory, London

1987    ‘Half Out’, Square Gallery, London

1982    ‘Spare Paintings’, Clare College, Cambridge


2010    Crash Open Salon Show, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London

2008    ArtSway Open 08, Sway, New Forest

2007    ‘Made 07’, Morley College, London

2006    New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham , Surrey

2005    Five Artists from the Central School of Art, London

2003    Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London

2002    ‘Small Paintings, Nine Artists’, Seven Seven Gallery, London

2000    North London Collegiate School Sesquicentenary, Mall Galleries, London

1997    Beardsmore Gallery, London

1996    ‘Shelf Life 2’, Eagle Gallery, London

1995    ‘Threadlines’, Harriet Green Gallery, London

1994    John Jones Open, selected by Prunella Clough, London

1994    ‘Open Door 94’, selected by Jennifer Durrant, London

1994    ‘Shelf Life’, Eagle Gallery, London

1993    ‘Miniprints’, London Print Workshop, London

1992    The London Group Open Exhibition, Barbican Concourse, London

1990    Open Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London

1989    Works on Paper, Blenheim Gallery, London

1988    ‘Open to Print’, Square Gallery, London

1986    London Institute ‘Class of 86’, Royal Festival Hall, London


The Tavistock Centre, London

New Hall Art Collection, Cambridge

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