Toni Cogdell Artist Biography

Toni Cogdell was born in Bristol, England, in 1979. While exhibiting her work across the UK as well as selling internationally, she has honed her process and techniques combining acrylic, spray paint, collage and oil paint to give voice to her expression; a personal style seeking to connect with the world around her.


Painting intuitively, in the space between figuration and abstraction Toni finds a freedom which allows her to go deeper into the intangible substance of the psyche and human condition without restricting or enforcing definitive ideas. Pulling recognisable truths into the work while opening to the unknown, her paintings are looking for a balance, a coming together of moments, a kind of imperfect beauty.


Having graduated from Bath Spa University, 2002 with a BA Hons in Fine Art, Bristol based artist, Toni ultimately paints portraits of unsaid moments and unseen thoughts, poetry which resides in daily life and in transitory moments. Her figures stand in ambiguous settings emphasising an intent focus on the cerebral. Every piece is painted with a carefully balanced palette and distinctive, contemplative composition.


I am on a pursuit to make contemporary portraits that dig beneath the skin to swim in our consciousness, to reveal our stories and the marks we make on ours and others’ lifelines, the traces of ourselves we give, revisit and leave behind.”

– Toni Cogdell


Toni’s figurative portraits have captured the eyes of many, including British Musician, Goldie who connected so deeply with Toni’s works that he added a piece of hers to his growing collection. She has received a number awards, including the RWA 'Emerging Artist' award. The Royal West of England Academy (RWA) is one of only five Royal Academies of Art in the UK. Toni was also short listed for Channel Five TV's, 'The Big Art Challenge', and was a Finalist in 'Not the Turner Prize', The Daily Mail, 2003.