My love for pattern, light & colour has roots in the beautiful Nottingham lace my family once manufactured. Within this series I am inspired by old lace pattern books. These expanded lace patterns are created with; Michael Harding oil paints, acrylic paints & gold leaf on canvas. Sometimes I finish the paintings with fragments of lace and sequins. Here are just a few of my collection of lace paintings which I continue to build upon.
Victoria Mill, Draycott, Derbyshire where my Great Grandfather Thomas Stocks started his lace business in the early 1900's. It was a tenement mill owned by Jardines, lace machine manufacturers.
Within this series of paintings I have been studying the Seven Chakras through experimenting with a new painting process. Each Chakra is associated with a different colour & a lotus flower symbol (each symbol has a different number of lotus petals.) Surrounding the symbol I painted affirmations associated with the Chakra then applied layers of colour, finishing with a flower painted above the symbol. The flowers have either grown outside my studio or been gifted to me throughout the project. Each one is painted with oils on canvas 30x30 cm £120 /store
These paintings were created during my arts residency at Artcore, part of their Art Attachments programme; the focus was 'Celebrating 70 Years of India's Independence. Since recovering from a back operation fifteen years ago I started practising yoga every week; it wasn't till working on the residency I learnt Yoga originated in India over 3000 years ago. I explored this newly discovered connection by sampling imagery from India which led to painting a
triptych on yoga mats to celebrate the rich layers of India’s culture. Working with the
texture & pattern of the surface I layered India's state flowers, Lakshmi (a Hindu & Buddhist goddess) & other references to the culture. 'Flora of India' two panels painted on canvas were created after researching the British plant hunters with reference to Sir Joseph Hookers books 'Flora of British India'. Through the residency I became aware of the richness of India's culture also the influences & damage caused by British colonialism; I would like to visit India one day to research this subject in more depth.
Every springtime I enjoy painting fresh blossoms responding to their energy, delicacy and fleeting nature. Perhaps my love for this time of year started when I was a baby as each afternoon I slept under a cherry tree in my pram. Some of this collection were created during my 'Blossom' arts project where I was Artist in Residence at the National Trust's Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire within the fruit orchards. My Blossom Project also involved painting the cherry tree lined roads in Chaddesden a suburb of Derby.
I was surprised to discover spring blossom is much celebrated in Japanese culture during Hanami season (blossom viewing); through this project I wanted to encourage everyone to take delight in viewing the blossoms here in the UK. The paintings are created with Michael Harding oil paints on canvas sometimes I have applied gold leaf, liquid leaf and the occasional sequin or petal.
Oil Paints & Gold leaf on Canvas. 80 x 80cm SOLD
Victoria Brown Oil Paints & Gold leaf on Canvas. 80 x 80cm Sold
Victoria Brown. Oils & Gold leaf on Canvas 80 x 80 cm
Victoria Brown. Oils & Gold leaf on Canvas 80 x 80 cm Sold
Victoria Brown Oils on canvas with gold leaf, liquid leaf & sequins 80 x 80 cm Sold
Victoria Brown Oils on canvas with gold leaf, liquid leaf & sequins 100 x 50 cm Sold
I was surprised by these two ladies whilst painting the crab apple blossom; it was such a glorious summer day!
Victoria Brown. Oil paints on canvas 80 x 120cm Sold
The Lally Gallery
I take on commissions and enjoy creating original paintings for interior design projects & for special occasions such as weddings & anniversaries. Please contact me if you have any questions, would like to arrange a viewing or wish to make a commission.
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