Contemplation II

Victoria Heald

Year:

2017

Media:

Oil and acrylic on aluminium

Size (cm):

82 x 57 x 2

London 2018

Other works

Benji

Victoria Heald

Year:

2016

Media:

Oil and acrylic on canvas

Size (cm):

130 x 200 x 3

London 2018

Sophie with Feather

Victoria Heald

Year:

2015

Media:

OIl and acrylic on canvas

Size (cm):

196 x 143 x 3

London 2018

Biography

Victoria studied at Camberwell College of Art and Chelsea College of Art, graduating with BA Fine Art, First Class Honours. She is based in London, and works in her Notting Hill studio, painting and drawing figurative works and also commissions of people and pets. She regularly exhibits in London and has shown and sold works internationally. She is currently represented by several London galleries.

Artist statement

My work aims to communicate the intensity of the painted figure through pose, gesture and expression. I enjoy mixing traditional oil techniques with modern mediums to create contemporary figurative images. The changing surfaces, materials and compositions act to heighten the figurative image in each piece.

Whilst the figures are painted thinly in oils, the backgrounds use modern light-reflective pigments, taking the subject out of their original context. I direct the figures into theatrical or dramatic poses and gestures. I then paint from photographs and drawing studies to retain the momentary immediacy of the original photo shoot. My most recent paintings have explored the idea of the painted space itself with figures floating timelessly on gold backgrounds. The gold derives from classical paintings, which used the metallic backgrounds to underline the importance of a scene. For me, it emphasises the importance of the endlessness of the painted space to the viewer by taking the subject out of their original context and time.