Born in West Sussex in 1952, Annabel Gault’s landscapes emerge as indistinct, evocative hazes of light and colour. Working on paper, she uses various media, primarily gouache, oil, oil stick or charcoal, to capture the fall of sunlight over large formal gardens. The art critic Andrew Lambirth finds in her work an “artist’s true understanding of the moods and hues of nature, its subtleties. Beneath the apparent careless vivacity of surface lies a profound sense of structure: the vigorous sweep and drive of the paint is balanced by a precision of drawing, a flair for accurate notation”.
Educated at West Surrey College of Art between 1973 and 1977, Gault completed her studies at the Royal Academy Schools (1977-80). She now lives and works in Suffolk. Since 1973 she has shown in some twenty-five group exhibitions, and has had solo shows in Colchester, Oxford, Woodbridge, Ipswich, and Welshpool (Arts Council of Wales). Her first show at the Redfern Gallery was in 1993, where she has shown regularly since. Her work is in many public collections, including the Arts Council, British Museum, and the Government Art Collection. Between 1993 and 1994 she painted a series of works at Butser Hill in Hampshire, which were subsequently purchased by Hampshire County Council. Her work was most recently displayed at Southampton City Art Gallery, as part of its survey exhibition on the subject of British castles, entitled Capture the Castle, which opened in May 2017.