Anika Manuel is a portrait and figurative painter from Cornwall. Her passion is for the flat, found image and its subsequent translation into painting. Having had an interest in drawing faces from an early age, Anika continues to capture realistic depictions of the human figure; most recently her focus has shifted towards the stylized and the celebrity. Working predominantly from found photographs and images in magazines, Anika re-presents these images within a new and exciting context. Recycling imagery is important to her general concerns, and she champions the undervalued and unexplored in a vibrant and instantaneous manner which the immediacy of acrylic paint lends itself to.