London born artist Victoria Albuquerque paints to celebrate her key attraction to balance and harmony.
With an early career in architecture it would have been natural for Victoria to express herself with straight line precision but during an exploration into how technology effects creativity (which she researched during her masters degree), she finds more satisfaction using her hands directly, to use a paint brush or finger tips to express a mark or feeling. After a career in architecture, Albuquerque choose to paint two dimensional pictures about human life. It is vital for Victoria's work to be a drawing in of information to make a balanced and harmonious influence on life, self and others.
Victoria Albuquerque lives and works in East Sussex.
About the work
When I am asked what is my work about, my immediate reply is 'balance'. I am continually drawing information from my own life experiences, to then use them to balance and harmonies these observations to create my paintings.
Composition is vital for me to find balance in my work, 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.
My work has been seen in joint and solo shows; galleries, both public and private, locally and internationally.
Accepted works for the Towner Gallery and a consistant finalist for the Royal Academy Summer exhibition.
Victoria Albuquerque 2020
All portrait photography by Elizabeth Roberts