Judy Clarkson grew up in Harrogate, she attended St. Martins School of Art and graduated in Fine Art. Initially a painter after leaving college she returned to life drawing, in the human figure she sees a kind of living sculpture. Through a profound understanding of the human form her images come closer and closer to an expression of the human condition. Although apparently purely traditional, her drawings constitute a deeply esoteric ambition to ‘achieve the closeness of true simplicity.’ She sees the figure as the symbol and reality of ‘the rock upon which we founder’ as she describes it; that which both supplies and denies intimacy. Her work emphasizes both the isolation and the sensuality of the nude, and the crowded loneliness of everyday life.