Victoria Heald

Artist Statement

Victoria Heald studied at Camberwell College of Art and Chelsea College of Art, graduating with a BA in 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.



On her creative works and process, she says..



“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.”



The figures in Victoria Heald’s work are painted thinly in oils, while 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. Her 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 gives Victoria Heald a way to experiment further with textures, patterns and the tactile quality paint, which 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, she also create pen and ink drawings of famous architectural buildings in London. Having lived in London for nearly 10 years, she is inspired by the beautiful variety of architecture in the city. Victoria Heald regularly undertakes commissions of people, animals, buildings and pets. It is her aim to not only capture the physical likeness of the beings in these commissions, but their unique character and personality as well. 



Click here to see Victoria Heald's painting featured on the front page of the Evening Standard's homes and property section. 


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Exhibitions

London City Island Summer Exhibition London June 2018 to September 2018
Affordable Art Fair Hampstead May 2018
Affordable Art Fair Battersea, London London March 2018
Art Rooms International Art Fair London January 2018
Art At The Club House: Victoria Heald London December 2017 to January 2018
GX Gallery Summer Exhibition London November 2017 to November 2018
Creative Debut Exhibition for WeWork London January 2017 to February 2017
Art Rooms London January 2017 to February 2017
FORTY BY FORTY London November 2016
Victoria Heald Paintings Mayfair November 2014
Victoria Heald: Paintings London September 2014