Angela A'Court was in born in London, 1961. After graduating from Goldsmiths' College of Art A'Court worked as an interior designer for an architectural firm before pursuing her career independently. After fifteen years as a designer, A'Court returned to painting full time. Two years later she moved to New York where she continues to live and work today.

A'Court takes inspiration from the everyday, whether it's a window sill she walks by or a friends kitchen table her compositions are not staged but observations she reflects upon, drawing up her own narrative from the often overlooked. Working primarily in pastel, her work is an explorative process which aims to challenge the preconceived notions of pastel through innovation in order to define the material as a modern medium for today.

Artist Statement 

More recent work is about time spent in Japan. Standing in the wings of another culture, I've been considering the essential qualities of balance. Prompted by curiosity and a need to adapt, I tentatively explore the impact of new surroundings, which contrast with my own provenance - a back and forth until both worlds begin to mesh. Like the pulse of a poem, measured lines adjust to take shape. I place a beloved cup next to a newly found chicken wire lantern, unearthed at a Japanese flea market, and a new conversation begins. It's about absorbing change and finding a way through, using the spaces in between. The resolution comes in recognizing when a balance is found and there is a connection between the contrasting new and old, the unfamiliar and familiar.

I gather my visual language from the grace of everyday ordinariness, private worlds, unguarded moments, the unsaid - the trace of human presence. I paint what makes me curious and seek to render the truest emotional response that made me first stop and take note.

Exhibiting History & Full CV

Autumn Exhibition, London UK, Thompson's September 2018
Sideshow Gallery, BKLYN NY, January 6th - April 10th 2016
Chelsea Fine Art Fair, London UK, April 21st - April 24th 2016
Josie Eastwood Gallery, Hampshire UK, April 23rd - April 29th 2016
Pastel Society, London UK, Pastel Monotype Demonstration February 25th 2016
Susan Eley Fine Art, NYC, Solo Show September 2016
The Stour Gallery, UK, Solo Show, November 2016
Pastel Society, London UK, February 22nd - March 4th 2016
Susan Eley Fine Art, NYC, 2008 - Present
The Stour Gallery, Cotswolds UK, 2003 - Present
Highgate Contemporary Art, London UK, 2012 - Present
Thompson's Gallery, Aldeburgh, Suffolk UK, 2011 - Present
Thompson's Gallery, London UK, 2011 - Present
Behr Thyssen LTD., NYC, 2009 - Present
Affordable Art Fair: London UK, 2011 - Present
Pastel Society Annual: The Mall Galleries, London UK, 2009 - Present
Blue Tree, NYC, 2015
Josie Eastwood Fine Art, Hampshire UK, 2011 - 2015
Art in Site Ltd.: Hillingdon Hospital Beaconsfield East Ward commission, London UK, 2014
Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Exhibition, London UK, 2013, 2009, 2008
Brody House, Budapest Hungary, 2013
Federation of British Artists, The Mall Galleries, London UK, 2013
New Ashgate Gallery, Bath UK, 2012
Clifton Gallery, London UK, 2009 - 2010
Gallery LeFort: The Pastel Society, London UK, 2010
Behr Thyssen: Affordable Art Fair, NYC 2008
The Discerning Eye, London UK, 2007 - 2008
Parsons Gallery, NYC, 2005

Collections Held

SEFA Gallery, NYC
The Stour Gallery, London UK
Lori and ChristopherRothko, NYC
Private collections, EU, UK, US


Beaconsfield - East Ward, Hillingdon Hospital, London,UK
Private Residence, Tribeca, NYC, US

Awards & Distinctions

Pastel Journal 100, 2015
Art in Site: Building Better Healthcare, London UK, 2015
Daler-Rowney, Annual Pastel Society, London UK, 2014
Elected to UK Pastel Society 2009
Arts Club, London UK, 2005

Publication Features

CNC International News. TV interview at Mall Galleries, February 2016
Drawing and Painting by Kate Wilson, Thames & Hudson, 2015
The Sunday Telegraph Stella Magazine by Fiona McCarthy, August 2013
Summer Exhibition Illustrated, Royal Academy of Arts, 2013
Highgate Contemporary Art catalogue forward by Laurie McLaren and Diana Lanham, 2013 by Janet Hall, December 2013
Art in America, Assessing Artsy: The Art World's Pandora Goes Beta by Brian Boucher, July 23, 2012
Across the Pond catalogue forward by Susan Eley, 2012
The Artist Magazine by Ken Gofton, October 2012
The Pastel Journal by Tamera Lenz Muente, July 2012
Interiors by Design by Ros Byam Shaw, Ryland, Peters & Shaw, 2003
Period Living, January 2003
Modern Rustic by Ali Hanan, Universe, 2000
The London Magazine by Judith Wilson, June 1998
Homes and Gardens by Jane Grading, January 2002, April 1996
The Sunday Times by Rebecca Tanqueray, UK Style Section, 1996
Traditional Interiors by Fiona Biddulph, November 1988

Work Experience

Artist and Print Maker
Visual Arts Teacher, Stephen Gaynor School, NYC, 2010-2015
Guest Lecturer, Brody Studios/Unison Pastels, Budapest, Hungary, Winter 2013
Guest Teacher, Unison Pastels, Northumberland UK, Summer 2012
Interior Designer, A'Court Design, London UK, 1990 - 2000
Interior Designer, Finch Ward Associates, London UK,1986 – 1990


Goldsmiths, University of London UK, BA Honors Textile Fine Arts, 1981-1984
West Surrey College of Art and Design UK, Diploma Foundations Fine Arts, 1980-1981
Parsons School of Art and Design NYC, Fine Arts Drawing, Summer 1979