D. Tournay-Godfrey


Tournay-Godfrey is a contemporary figurative and landscape painter living and working in Suffolk. She studied Art & Design (BA Hons) at Suffolk College (UEA) and then Fine Art with Ken Back. Known mainly as a painter of the Suffolk coast and its inhabitants, her work has been widely exhibited throughout East Anglia, Southern England and London. Delia has regularly had work selected for the New English Art Club, ING Discerning Eye (Prize Winner 2015) from 2006 to date, as well as acceptances at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2013 and 2016. She was a candidate for membership of the New English Art Club in 2017 and 2018. For fifteen years Delia has run a Life Drawing Group for artists in Suffolk.

Delia works on location and at her beach hut studio overlooking the Suffolk coast. She paints small works in oils directly from the subject focusing mainly on people going about their daily activities. Her sketchbooks are full of figures capturing attitude and atmosphere worked in graphite and watercolour. This research is explored further in her studio at home through the larger work. Her painting possesses calm, poetic observation coupled with sensitive technique. The work has an uncomplicated quality with enviable light, sure brushwork; a clear vision cleanly painted in close tones with a subtle palette.