Originally from Scotland, Imogen Bone moved to Cornwall to study Illustration, followed by a Masters Degree in Art and The Environment at Falmouth College of arts. Aside from travelling to document the world around her, Imogen has settled here and made Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly her home ever since. Using acrylic and oil paint, Imogen has quickly made her mark as an artist who uses colour and texture to define her work.
"The world I see is a balance of marks and hues. Sometimes a blur of colour is just enough to capture something, other times I need to work away in layers of patterns so the details of the image emerge."
As well as creating to encourage appreciation, and to capture the beauty of our surroundings, Imogen's work also serves as a portrayal of how our environment is changing.
"As artists, we have the ability to communicate and document that change. This puts us in a unique position to offer translation and project restorative solutions and ideas. Overall, visual communication drives my work, whether that is to capture a moment or help explain or to instigate action."
This collection 'After the Rain' emerged from the pockets of sunshine that punctuated the long Cornish winter. It was a case of dashing out between storms and missioning it up to the north coast for a bracing walk and sketch. In the low sun of winter, the shadows are long, deep and abundant on the north, I sat squinting in the sun trying to see into their depths. My sketch paper frantically trying to escape me to ride the relentless wind as I scribble a few marks to commit the place to memory.
Just as the storms started to ease and the sun rose higher in the sky we entered lockdown and the days of north coast exploration ended. I drew on memories of a reconnaissance trip I made at the end of last summer where I ambled the along the cliffs getting lost in glorious technicolour and dipping into the sea for a chilly swim. The polar opposite of those more recent trips to the north coast. This contrast in colour and elements is exciting to me, giving new inspiration for each season.