Janis Ridley


Janis RidleyJanis Ridley




Sculpture is a way of communicating complex emotions, feelings and ideas.  Often they are revealed during the making process. 

The sculptures each have a narrative which is hinted at in their titles. An idea which holds an abundance of interest will be explored and becomes part of a series.

The human form, relationships,family,the horse, bird,a sense of belonging,mother and child,are all abundant themes to enter and explore from the inside out.



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

She began her career teachingon 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 shown in London at Mchardy Sculpture Company,Bath Arts Fair and Hampton Court 1999. Since then Janis has gained an international reputation through her sculpture.

Her work is regularly exhibited at the London,Hong Kong, and New York Art Fairs. Showing work with Edgar Modern ,Bath, Josie Eastwood Gallery Hampshire, Stour Gallery, 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 and 12 sculptures.

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








Involved in 13 sculptures for South Korea public space in 2017.

Her work is in many private collections in the UK, France Germany Holland Australia Hong Kong  the United State and South Korea.

She has received two Arts Council Awards.





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

Coombe GalleryDartmouth 2019
Otomys GalleryTetbury 2019
Edgar Modern London Art Fair 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