b. 1992, Yorkshire, UK
P R E S S
A review of my recent exhibition fresh zest and career so far by Vivien Devlin.
A R T I S T S T A T E M E N T
My practice explores the existence of people. I paint both the space that people and I inhabit, and portraits. Most recently, I have begun to explore a more abstract technique that can be seen in my Fresh Zest and Into the Woods series.
My most recent exhibition, Fresh Zest, was a collection of recent abstract paintings and ceramics in Edinburgh, December 2019.
I have spent the past year and a half exploring my inner self. By coming to terms the aspects of my life that I cannot control, I have connected ever closer to the inner workings of my mind. This self-work has re-energised me and as a result my art has taken on new buoyancy and freshness.
Each painting begins with a translation of a simple sketch extracted from my sketchbook, usually an abstract life drawing of myself. The painting then develops as a manifestation of my subconscious. I allow the shapes to dictate their own space while exploring the relationship between other forms and motifs. Spatial tensions are created through layering, colour connections and shape. Ultimately, each painting is a distillation of a different sensation.
My 'Into The Woods' series is based upon the feelings of joy and adventure of being in woodland. I have introduced vibrant colours and bold mark marking to reflect the discovery of the beauty and secrets that a wood holds.
Within my waterscapes, I hope to evoke a feeling of calmness, serenity, and space. I often include a man-made item with the water, whether it is a buoy, a pontoon, a nautical marker or a boat. The contrast between the beauty of the nature and the imposition of the man-made, is a comment on how the world is precious and it is our responsibility as humans to treat it with respect. The space and stillness created within a waterscape expose the viewer to a quietness, and an anchored object often reflects a cornerstone within the unknown.
I am captivated by the process of translating a person's being from life into two dimensions. I love to decipher a personality through the medium of paint. I strip back my portraits in an attempt to remove any distractions from the core subject of the painting – the sitter, and focus on exploring the unique story of the individual.
I work on personal projects alongside commissioned pieces. I am based between the Scottish Borders, London and West Cork, and often travel to see clients.