Victoria Heald

Artist Statement

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 her London studio,

painting figurative and animal works on gold, drawing London landmarks and

undertaking commissions of a variety of subjects. Victoria has exhibited widely in the UK and overseas.



Artist's Statement



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.


Artwork

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Exhibitions

Upcoming: August 2nd — September 26th 2012

“20:12” at DegreeArt's Execution Room, 12a Vyner Street, London

2012, The Gallery in Cork Street, London

2011 — 2012, 'London's Calling' Exhibition at the Orange County's OCCCA, Los Angeles

2011, Debut Contemporary, Westbourne Grove, London

2011, DegreeArt.com, based Vyner Street, London

2011, Lisa Sharpe Contemporary Art, Goodge Street, London

2011, Chelsea College Degree Show, Millbank, London

2010, 'X', The Pigeon Wing Gallery, Lewisham, London