A b o u t V i c t o r i a
Based in rural Sussex in the South of England, Victoria is a British visual artist, painter, photographer, and qualified architect. She is now mainly an oil painter, using water-based oils for health and environmental reasons.
Colour is very important to her work, which is primarily observational, though she sometimes reduces the level of detail to make clearer compositions. Her primarily concern is to comprehend and represent the interaction of form, space and colour, using sketching, photography or model-making to observe.
Her work exhibited and sold in joint and solo shows; galleries, both public and private, locally and internationally.
Accepted works: Royal Academy Summer exhibitions, ING Discerning Eye and Art Fund museum of the year 2020 Towner Gallery in Eastbourne.
Instagram link: @victoriaaartist
A b o u t t h e w o r k
When I am asked what is my work about, my reply is often balance.
I am continually drawing in information to make a balanced and harmonious look of life; it is these observations or moments that I use to create my work.
Composition is vital for me to find balance in my paintings, looking at an everyday object, person or landscape and setting out the constraints of the canvas, encouraging you to draw your eyes across the surface, paying particular attention to what happens at the edges of the work.
Colour is a feeder to the soul and the same subject painted with different colours gives such a different story. I use colour to harmonies what ever subject I am painting. I spend focused time observing, allowing myself to stop long enough to master what colours are reflected and hidden.
My most recent work translates the energy of the subject through abstracting, exploring the depth of colours, working with painter Andy Pankhurst, a Slade and Royal Academy teacher, who trained under Euan Uglow, to gain a better understand about colour, proportion and space within a painting.
A b o u t t h e I D E N T I T Y S e r i e s
Victoria is currently exploring themes of identity: what it is to be a woman, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a homeowner, a home-maker. What do these titles mean and how do they manifest themselves in our lives?
Through an earlier training in psychology and psychotherapy Victoria explores what it means to have a sense of self, and how it manifests itself in the world we create around us. These observations touch not only on issues of self-understanding but also heritage and history, and the incomplete and subtle ways in which knowledge is handed down from one generation to the next.
In Victoria’s work this sometimes appears (or disappears), leading to questions about whether the image is representing something from current reality: observation – or from personal or hand-me-down (collective) memory: imagination.