Judith painting on Rathlin Island Summer 2007 web sizeJudith Yarrow was born and brought up in the village of Jordans in Buckinghamshire. She studied art first of all at teacher’s training college in Cambridge and then later she studied for a fine art degree at the Mid-Warwickshire College in Leamington Spa. In between she taught Traveller children, worked as a social worker in London and moved to Wales, to work on a farm with her partner. They have 4 children. In 1990 they moved to Chipping Norton where she now lives and works.

Judith’s work is an exploration of the way different media interact with different surfaces and with each other. She works with acrylics, oils, watercolours, pastels, inks, pens and with different textured papers applied to and worked into the paintings. Each painting feels like an experiment, an exploration of materials and place, which often extends to bookmaking.

Her paintings are inspired by walking, over the last few years on islands; attracted to the wild and remote, looking down from high mountains and cliff tops that give space and height, views of ridges and valleys, far horizons. Light and dark are constant themes in her work.

Judith regularly visits Cornwall, North Wales and Scotland where she has connections through family and friends.

Judith Yarrow has exhibited widely and her paintings are in collections in the UK and abroad.

Her work has included:

  • A pilgrimage to places Samuel Palmer painted which resulted in 2 books.
  • A project with The National Trust.
  • Work to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Oxfordshire Artweeks.
  • An exploration of Islands including Rathlin, Coll, Orkney and Shetland (she spent a month at a studio there).
  • Books including one, which was exhibited at an international conference on Dementia.

She has had solo exhibitions at The Theatre Gallery, Chipping Norton, The West Ox Arts Gallery, Theatr Ardudwy Harlech, Wells Museum Somerset, The Chapel gallery Wiveliscombe, The Blender Gallery, and for Oxfordshire Artweeks.

Other exhibitions include:

The Stour Gallery, Shipston-on-Stour

Parkfields Gallery, Ross-on-Wye

Anderson Gallery, Burford

Badcock’s Gallery, Newlyn

The Whitehouse Gallery. Kirkcudbright

John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford


OVADA Gallery, Oxford

Beldam Gallery, Brunel University, W. London

Banbury 400 open – prizewinner

Her work is part of the online National Collection of art