The winner of Jackson’s Early Entry Award for Acrylic has been chosen! With over 2000 entries to Jackson’s Open Art Prize so far it was decided that Orlanda Broom’s ‘Caraili’ was the winner of £100 worth of Golden Artist Acrylics
Orlanda has two bodies of work, loosely catagorised into Landscape and Abstract painting. Her interest in colour and medium connect these bodies of work. We asked her a couple of questions to find out a bit more:
What inspires you to use such vivid colours within your work?
I’m very drawn to colour and take inspiration from trips I’ve made where the intensity of light and colour are something I want to try and recreate. I suppose, a bit like flowers, my paintings try to catch attention by using colour. And I want the paintings to feel quite indulgent or celebratory. However the painting should unfold the more you look at it and when the eye adjusts to what’s usually quite a busy composition there’s a more contemplative theme that belies the initial lure of colour.
Do you find that your subject matter is a form of escapism? How would you describe it?
Although my paintings are not about escapism as such – there’s an element of that. Surroundings have an impact on my work; my studio is on a big industrial estate in West London, it’s a very built up, busy area so I think I’m more attuned, because of living in a city, to the otherworldliness that I’m trying to represent in my work.
Where can we see your work now and in the future?
The next exhibition I have coming up is a group show at Long and Ryle, London which will be in early Summer. Our studio complex has an Open Studio Weekend every year around September, anyone can sign up to the mailing list for news of that and other exhibitions via my website.
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Submissions to Jackson’s Open Art Prize close 3rd April, with a total of £5000 worth of art prizes. Jackson’s Open Art Prize is free to enter, open to any international artists working in 2D media (except photography, unless used as a component of a painting or original print)