Deanna Petherbridge

Deanna Petherbridge CBE is an artist, writer and curator primarily concerned with drawing. Her practice consists of large-scale and serial pen and ink drawings on paper although she has undertaken major art commissions such as The International Convention Centre mural, Birmingham and stage designs for the Royal Ballet. She lives in London.

Her most recent one-person exhibition was Petherbridge Alone with Soane, Pitzhanger Manor, 2007 but she regularly shows internationally. Curated exhibitions include The Primacy of Drawing: An Artist’s view, 1991-2, The Quick and the Dead: Artists and Anatomy, 1997-8, Drawing as Vita Practice, 2007, Between a Soft and a Hard Place: Paper Abstractions, 2013, Witches and Wicked Bodies 2013-14 (National Galleries Scotland & British Museum).

She has been writing art and architecture and drawing since 1970 in books, journals and newspapers (eg.The Financial Times). Recent publications are The Primacy of Drawing: Histories and Theories of Practice, Yale University Press 2010 and Witches and Wicked Bodies

She was Professor of Drawing at the Royal College of Art, London and is Professor Emeritus, University of the West of England. She has undertaken international residencies in Australia, Britain, India, Pakistan, Singapore and USA, including the Getty Research Center, Los Angeles and Yale Center for British Art, New Haven. Honorary degrees include Hon DDes Kingston University, 2001 and FRIBA, The Royal Institute of British Architects,1998. Her work is in international collections ranging from the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum, London to The Getty, Los Angeles.

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Last updated: 25.09.2014