Following a career in film production, Virginia realised her longstanding ambition to work as a photographer. After 12 months as a photographer's assistant she built her own photography practice focused on portraiture, press and web commissions. In 2006 she was accepted to Central St Martins College of Art and Design and attained a Postgraduate Certificate in Photography. Her work has been exhibited in London, Brighton, Devon and Hampshire. The FORECAST series was shown at the Brighton Photo Fringe as part of the Brighton Photo Biennale in 2010. TREE is the second part of a project that began with FORECAST. These series seek to explore the conventional genres of seascapes and landscapes in an unconventional format. Virginia received an Honourable Mention from PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris for her FORECAST series.

TREE at GalleryMuse was Virginia's first solo gallery exhibition.

In 2015, three images from Virginia’s portrait series LIYA (Refugee from Eritrea) were shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. These images made it through to the second round of judging which included approximately 200 images selected from over 4000 that were submitted.

CROPCentral St Martins, London, June 2007
STRIKE THROUGHTrafalgar Hotel, London, July 2007
MODEL 1TBWA, London, September 2007
FORECASTKell Skott, London, June 2009
Brighton Photo Fringe, October - November 2010
Bangwallop, Salcombe, Devon, November 2011 - February 2012
ART @ AVENUEAvenue, London, January - March 2013
TREEGalleryMuse, Petersfield, Hampshire, September - October 2013
TEN ARTISTSGalleryMuse, Petersfield, Hampshire, November – December 2013
ENDGalleryMuse, Petersfield, Hampshire, November – December 2014

"Virginia Arendt grew up in a home surrounded by many artistic genres. Her father took her to exhibitions, where he bought amazing works of art. She was given a camera for her eighth birthday and she began to take photographs incessantly. As she developed her craft a particular interest in landscape grew & she was drawn to capture the psychological terrain of place.

Virginia’s subsequent career in film production led her to assist photographer Hugo Burnand before setting up her own practice in child portraiture. In 2006 she attained a place at St Martins College of Art & Design & gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Photography.

TREE is the second part of a series that began with FORECAST. Virginia photographed the sea, horizon & sky from the same position on the West Sussex coast through differing weather conditions at various times of day, over a period of a year. FORECAST was shown at the Brighton Photo Biennale in 2010.

For TREE, she isolates the subject in her lens to seek & celebrate its’ character & emphasise its’ extraordinary beauty & simple existence. Search & discovery are crucial elements of the artistic pursuit for these works, yet an essential part of the final composition is created in post-production & printing, where Virginia is able to give TREE the space to reveal itself fully.

Editions from the series have been sold to art collectors in London, New York & the Hamptons. The picture used for our front cover TREE is in the private collection of writer & director Richard Curtis. GalleryMuse is delighted to have Virginia Arendt exhibit here & so pleased to make these works available."

Angie Montague, GalleryMuse

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