Janis Ridley


Janis RidleyJanis Ridley




The themes I work with are Family Mother and Child, Man/Woman and Horse , Angel, Woman and Man .

They are all reflections on ideas of the individual and relationship,how they co-exist and interrelate like feathers in the wing of a bird.

Man and Horse is a nonchalant refection on such a relationship where the man is at ease with the horse ,yet also tough, vulnerable and enigmatic.

Making a large sculpture creates a more powerful work and brings clarity to the pyschologiacl intention.




Born in Co Durham Janis Ridley studied at Newcastle upon Tyne School of Art Foundation Course sculpture, and Exeter College of Art, BA Fine Arts.

She began her career teaching on Foundation Course at Newcastle upon Tyne School of Art and a solo show at LYC Museum and Art Gallery Cumbria. Moving to Devon her work was painting and drawing, with a solo show at Exe Gallery in 1983 and showing at Beaux Arts, Bath.She received a South West Arts Award in 1983. Her exhibitions were at Dartington Hall,Castle House Gallery, Cumbria Phoenix Gallery Exeter ,and she taught at Exeter University School of Education on line BEON Project and they produced a film Colour and Movement ,University of Exeter.

In 1998 she became a member of Royal Society of Sculptors.

Bronze sculptures were first shown in London at Mchardy Sculpture Company, Bath Arts Fair and Hampton Court 1999.

Her work is regularly exhibited at the London, Hong Kong, and New York Art Fairs with Edgar Modern Bath, Josie Eastwood Gallery Hampshire, Stour Gallery, and Coombe Gallery. 

In the South West commissions can be seen in Exeter Cathedral ,Unfolding Love , University of Exeter, Stargazer,Topsham Millenium Sculpture ,Spirit of Youth, and at Matara Kingscote Park Gloucestershire, Isness ,Croft School, Stratford upon Avon .

In South Korea 2017, Bundang Memorial Park , Rugged Angel ,13 sculptures.

Her work is held in many public and private collections in France, Hong Kong, Germany, Netherlands, USA, New Zealand, South Korea, and UK.













commissions  selected

2000  Spirit of Youth Topsham millennium sculpture

2001  Stargazer  University of Exeter sculpture collection

2004   Isness  Matara Centre Gloucestershire

2006   Unfolding Love  Exeter Cathedral

2007   The Croft School Stratford upon Avon

Private collections in the UK, France, Australia, Germany Holland Hongkong USA and South Korea


Exhibitions include

Edgar Modern Bath Josie Eastwood Winchester Alan Kluckow Fine Art,  Moncrieff-Bray gallery, Mall Galleries London The Sculpture Park  Farnham,,The Garden Gallery Hampshire,Guernsey Art Parks, Delamore, Matara Gloucestershire, Atelier gallery University of Exeter, Dartington Hall  Beaux Art, Royal Academy, Plumbline Gallery St.Ives. 

 Art Fairs

Art london, international art fair Royal College of art,  London art fair, Hampstead Affordable art fair,Battersea Affordable Art fair , Bath Art fair, Hong Kong art fair ,New York affordable Art Fair 

Films         Janis Ridley produced by University of Exeter

                Janis Ridley Sculpture Studio  Royal British Society of Sculptors

            Wax and wire   3 films 2013  Vimeo 

Articles   Resurgence  

               Devon Life Devon Today

               Art in Devon











Exhibition History

Lympstone Manor Devon 2020-2023
Coombe Gallery Dartmouth Solo Exhibition October 22 -November 16 2021
Coombe GalleryDartmouth 2019 -2023
Edgar Modern London Art Fair 2019
Otomys GalleryTetbury 2019
Josie Eastwood Fine ArtNear Stockbridge 2019
New York Affordable Art Fair Edgar Modern September 2018
The Sculpture Park Farnham 2005-2019
Edgar Modern Battersea Art Fair 2015.
Edgar Modern 2015 -2018
Edgar Modern Battersea Art Fair 2015
Stour Gallery Shipston on Stour 2015 -2018
Edgar Modern Bath 2014 and London Art Fair
Yew Tree Gallery St Ives 20016
Edgar Modern 2013 Hong Kong art fair New york art fair
Royal College of Art Moncrieff -Bray Gallery
Medici Gallery 2013
Edgar Modern Bath 2012
Alan Klucklow Fine Art 2010
Moncrieff-Bray Gallery Petworth 2010 and International Art Fair London
Duchy Square Centre 2009
Delamore Arts 2009
The Garden gallery Hampshire 2009 and 2010
Plumbline Gallery St Ives 2008 -2009
2007 Exeter Cathedral Unfolding Love and tour to York Minster and Winchester Cathedral
A Gallery London2008
Mall Galleries London2007
The Garden Gallery Hampshire 2007
Burghley House2006
Art Parks International Guernsey 2004-5
Matara Centre Tetbury Gloucestershire2004
University of Exeter Atelier Gallery 2000