Victoria studied at Camberwell College of Art and Chelsea College of Art, London graduating with BA Fine Art, First Class Honours. She is based in London, and works in her studio, painting and drawing figurative works and also commissions of people and pets. She regularly exhibits in London and was recently shortlisted for the Jackson's Art Prize and the ArtRooms Prize. She is represented in London by DegreeArt Gallery, Sarah Hornshaw and GX Gallery.
My work aims to communicate the intensity of the painted figure through pose, gesture and expression. I create contemporary figurative paintings by mixing traditional oil techniques with modern mediums, working on canvas, board or metal. The juxtaposition of changing surfaces, materials and compositions act to heighten the figurative image in each piece. While the figures are painted thinly in oils, the backgrounds use modern light-reflective pigments, taking the subject out of their original context and placing them into a realm without circumstances or conditions. My new gold works reference the importance gold has played as a medium within the history of painting and creates a contemplative space for the figure in each piece. The grandeur of the gold creates a contrast with the figures' contemporary look, everyday clothes and gestures.
Painting animals creates an opportunity to experiment further with textures, patterns and the tactile quality paint can lend to rendering the different animal's body, fur and skin. Each animal has a varied set of material qualities to communicate to the viewer through different oil paint markings and techniques.
As well as painting, I also create pen and ink drawings of famous architectural buildings in London. Having lived in London for nearly 10 years, I'm always inspired by the beautiful variety of architecture in the city. I also regularly undertake commissions of people, animals, buildings and pets. It important to me that in my commissions not only capture the likeness of a person, but also their character and personality.