Audrey Pilkington (1922-2015)

Audrey Pilkington’s distinctive painting is characterised by brilliant colour, vitality and originality combined with an inherent sense of design. Audrey was born in 1922 in the Forest of Bowland on the borders of Lancashire and Yorkshire. At 17 she went to the Lancaster School of Art where she was taught by the influential the artist and poet Ronald Grimshaw. She subsequently attended the Slade, relocated to Oxford during war time, and made friends with Bernard Dunstan RA, Gilbert Spencer RA (brother of Stanley) and later Adrian Heath. At 18 she began her career as an illustrator, designing book jackets for Chatto and Windus and Jonathan Cape, and drawing for Vogue.

After a period living in Germany with her husband Patrick Heriz-Smith, they returned to settle in Suffolk and bought Clock House, Bruisyard, which they developed as an art centre.  Audrey became a member of Colchester Art Society and exhibited in Essex, Suffolk and London (including the Redfern Gallery).

The last period of her life was spent in Wales, where she died in 2015.