Our featured artist this week is Sophie Coleman.
" I explore internet, kitsch and pop culture through abstract expressionism, taking elements to inspire visual language and transferring it onto canvas. I use to create a flat, artificial impression, with the occasional use of three-dimensional elements including plastic toys to create a sense of childhood or to convey ironic humour. Bright colours, almost sickly to look at, are used in singular shades with no tone or dimension, flat like a screen. Straight lines and blocks of colours used to create something that could be synthetic in conjunction with unmistakably hand-made marks like a splatter or a brushstroke creating a tension between something structured and something uncontrollable. The primary goal of my work is to be something fun to look at, so vivid and sickly sweet in nature it borderlines hard to look at."
Artworks in order:
Gummy, 2021, Acrylic on Canvas, 3x4 ft, £100
Squashie, 2021, Acrylic on Canvas, 3x4 ft, £100
Jelly, 2021, Acrylic on Canvas, 3x4 ft, £100
"The ‘Sweet Tooth’ series featuring Gummy, Squashie, and Jelly was initially inspired by the shapes and colours of sweets in the jar in my kitchen. Through the process of the painting, I became inspired by Damien Hirst’s ‘Visual Candy’ works with the layered brushstrokes of vivid colours. The spaces between these brushstrokes were also a point of interest, which led to the bright outline of those abstract forms. Sweet Tooth is an exploration of colour, shape and form."