Born in Darjeeling, India in 1952, Gerry Dudgeon studied Fine Art at Camberwell School of Art, gaining a first class Honours degree in 1979, followed by an MFA postgraduate degree from Reading University in 1981. After a travelling scholarship to New York, he was based in London working as a painter in studios at Wapping, the Barbican and Brixton before settling in West Dorset. His paintings can be found in many UK collections including The Marquis of Bath, Cadbury Schweppes, Royal Caribbean Cruises and The Slade School of Art. He exhibits regularly at the RA Summer Show, the New English Art Club and the RWA, Bristol.
This series of work is inspired by travels to remote areas of Morocco. These paintings capture memories of dry desert landscapes, snow-capped mountains and the hazy, mysterious light of dawn and dusk. Dudgeon combines the rich mineral colours to be found in the landscape with shapes and patterns observed in Moroccan carpets and ceramics. The mud-built kasbah towers of Berber villages also feature prominently in these paintings, where colour is used to create a sense of atmosphere and mood.
Oblique references to architecture and folk art are a subtle reminder in these works of Morocco’s rich cultural heritage.