“Lottie Cole’s paintings are devoted to a remarkable presence of absence. The London streets she has painted, the rooms at Charleston, the Marylebone shops, the imaginary interiors of the collectors of real paintings and sculpture –with their massively empty chairs – all shout out with a human presence that is not there. Even her rooftops show empty ladders, as if they were an obstacle course for acrobats. These interiors are well-used, reeking of a lifetime of touching and placing, of someone looking fondly at the paintings-within-a-painting. But everyone has now left, and they are anyway a bit old-fashioned in design, as if in looking at her rooms we were returning to a house some time after its owners had moved on.
But this mourning of absence is overwhelmed by the loving colour. There are many colours still to be invented, just in the gaps between those already created from artist’s pigments, and Cole possesses an evidently instinctive visual skill in finding those slightly culinary shades of pleasure. And her feeling for space and light fills up the rich patterns of her inventions, as if they were all really there before our eyes. One of her paintings on a wall of our own house would point to a revived space from the past, containing the works of art, which like hers, reward with their infinite life.”
- David Fraser Jenkins, Curator
After embarking on a Foundation Course at Wimbledon Art School and
receiving an MA degree in Art History from St Andrews University, moved to Luoyang, China, to teach English for a year.
On her return she continued to paint and work as an illustrator
as well as working for a number of arts organisations including the
National Portrait Gallery and Dulwich Picture Gallery. She worked for almost a decade at the London Library which has been a source of great inspiration to her. She works in her Studio in Sussex and also in London.