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About Balbinder

"The difficulty of abstract painting has been likened to playing tennis “without the net”. The rule is that there are no rules and so the requirement therefore becomes to “unknow” what one already knows.  Instead of producing representations of things that correspond to existing objects in the world, painting becomes the recording of impulse and gesture, that is, a differentiation in focus from the objective to the subjective. If the history of art over the centuries has tended towards the emancipation of form and colour and line and perspective from rote and rule then the complex melding of the decorative forms of pattern from the well spring of the unconscious, mediated through gesture becomes the stuff of art. These paintings exemplify and illustrate this process neatly and purposefully".



"Balbinder Broadbent makes abstract paintings, rich in layers of symbolic colour that reveal and conceal shapes and marks, as though they are emerging from our subconscious or the edges of our vision.
Originally from Leeds, Balbinder graduated with a BA Hons degree in Fine Art, Printmaking from the School of Art & Design in Hull. This was followed by an MA in Fine Art, Painting from the University of East London. She is one of Yorkshire’s most interesting abstract painters and has been a regular exhibitor and prize-winner in the Harrogate Open.
Throughout the last year of lockdown, Balbinder has been creating new paintings which are shown for the first time in this exhibition. She’s chosen to title the exhibition ‘Distillations’ as this period has seen a process of refining and clarifying her signature visual language of distinctive forms and marks. She has also returned to printmaking after a long break, creating a stunning series of monochrome drypoint etchings".

Karen Southworth, 
Curator, Harrogate Museums and Arts, Mercer Art Gallery



1996 – 1998  MA Fine Art, University East London, London, UK

1993 – 1996  BA Hons Fine Art, Hull School of Art & Design

1992 – 1993  Foundation Diploma Art & Design,  Jacob Kramer  College,  Leeds, UK

Awards & Nominations:

2021 Painting purchased for the Public Collection, Mercer Gallery, Harrogate

2019  2nd Prize Mercer Open Exhibition, Harrogate

2017  Highly Commended Mercer Open Exhibition, Harrogate

2010  2nd Prize Mercer Open Exhibition, Harrogate

1998  UEL Painting Purchase Prize, UEL, London


November 2023  Dockside Gallery, Berwick upon Tweed, Winter Exhibitioon

October 2023 The Other Art Fair, London, Charity Water Exhibiton

September 2023 Thompson's Gallery Aldeburgh  Abstraction

September 2023 New Light Art Prize, Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Birkenhead

July 2023 Mixed Summer Show Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester

April 29th 2023  Summer Show Silson Contemporary, Harrogate UK

September 2022 The Mercer Open Exhibiton, Harrogate

June 2022   Leeds Summer Group Show, Leeds Playhouse

May 2022     Summer Show, Silson Contemporary, Harrogate, UK

September 2021 - March 20th 2022  Distillation Solo Exhibition at the Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

August 2021     Showcase Exhibition, Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax

June 2021         Summer Exhibition, Silson Contemporary, Harrogate

October 2020  Scarborough Art Gallery Curators Choice - showing alongside the New Light Art Prize

August 2019    Mercer Open Exhibition, Harrogate UK

August 2017    Mercer Open Exhibition, Harrogate UK

October 2016  Inaugural Show Silson Contemporary, Harrogate UK

August 2014    Mercer Open Exhibition, Harrogate UK

October 2012  Mercer Open Exhibition, Harrogate UK

August 2010    Mercer Open Exhibition, Harrogate UK

August 2008    Mercer Open Exhibition, Harrogate UK

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