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Larry Berryman wrote: “In her recent portraits Romi risks everything but the sitter.  The brushwork takes hairpin bends, survives dangerous spills of colour and the race quickens with every glimpse of her quarry.  Romi has come a long way since the early landscapes with their slow handling when the stirrings of a sense of colour were still sleepy.  There is a grave beauty in those modest pictures of barns and the sea, silent and sullen under grey sky.  Some access of confidence has released intuition and attack.  A triple portrait of three teenagers sitting jammed together uses an appropriately restless opposition of orange and jeans blue; recognizes the physical self-consciousness of the boy by an equivalent opacity, and allows the two laughing girls to escape in a rush of transparent abbreviation.

The line drawings are similarly unguarded and penetrating.  A moment’s shorthand achieves the animation of a woman in conversation, or the mysteriously direct gaze of a boy.  Much of Romi’s painting is haphazard, never calculating or glib.  Its strength is a combination of empathy and decision sometimes catching at the rigor of a Matisse portrait, other times callapsing into the unpicked knitting of a loose Kokoschka”.

1977 - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

1980 - Brunswick Gallery, Judd Street, London

1982 - Arnolfini, Bristol

1982 - Halesworth Gallery, Suffolk

1984 - Margaret Fisher Gallery, Hampstead

1984 - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

1990 - Michael Parkin Gallery, Motcombe Street, London

1990-1994 - Michael Parkin Gallery, Artists’ Mixed Exhibition

1991 - Rebecca Hossack Gallery, Windmill Street, London

1991-1993 - Rebecca Hossack Gallery, Artists’ Mixed Exhibition

1993-1995 - Cadogan Contemporary, London – Three Cornish Artists

1999 - Leighton House, London

2005 - Badcocks Gallery, Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall

2006 - McKenzie-Wylie Contemporary Art, Hungerford

2007 - Badcocks Gallery, Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall

2010 – Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro - Retrospective

2014 - Penwith Gallery St Ives: Click here to see artwork

2015 – The Silk Mill, Frome

2016 – The Gallery, Shepherd Market, London

Examples of Work
Artists Cornwall Artists Cornwall

Name: Eli Eban

Size: 24 x 17

Year: 1973

Name: Andrea

Size: 60 x 48

Year: 1978

Artists Cornwall

Artists Cornwall