Lot 78 - Olivia Mansfield - Acanthis
Gouache and acrylic on paper
Signed on Verso
b.1988, lives and works in Milton Keynes, UK. Olivia’s multidisciplinary practice is rooted in classical painting, iconography, theology, historic culture, ritual and symbolism. Themes of myth, legend and folklore intertwine vividly in a playful balance of the abstract, botanical, celestial and figurative elements she encompasses. Her paintings will transport you to imaginary worlds both fantastical and tellurian, alluding to and echoing our own existence. Wistful faces, wandering beasts, anointed altars, prophetic visions. Vessels, chambers, coracles, crucibles all twist and jostle, swirling amongst the alluring, luscious, somewhat mercurial and volatile dwellings she creates. The intuitive process allows Olivia to engage deeply with the forms manifesting in the work. Orphic symbols oscillate in sacred shrines where the warm ashy earth is tracked with muddied feet. Witness the exploration of expressive flora and fauna, foreshadowed by brooding, atmospheric skies. Spy saplings and seedlings, visions of explosive, abundant new life emerging, blossoming, thriving from within her distinct and unique manipulation of the paint.
2012 - BA (Hons) Fine Art Practice, Goldsmiths University of London.
2008 - Foundation diploma in Fine Art Byam Shaw School of Art, London.
2022, Visions of Healing, Brushes with Greatness, 44 Hallam street, London
2022, Relationship with the Self, Take courage gallery, curator Juliet Wilson, London
2022, Winter Auction 2022, Art on a Postcard, The Bomb Factory
2022, Women Celebrating Surrealism, Islington Arts Factory, London
2022, Spirit Within, Brushes with Greatness, Ben Oakley Gallery, Greenwich, London
2022, A Room of Her Own, Irving Contemporary, Oxford
2021, With Love, II, Paint Talk (@Paint_talk), online
2021, Euphoric, Procrastinating, Josephine-May Bailey, online
2021, Into The Cosmere, Brushes with Greatness, 188 Shoreditch High st, London
2021, Together Through Painting, London Paint Club, Online
Brushes with Greatness
New Blood Art
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
These three postcards are an exploration and development of the ever more present female nude in my work. I am meandering with her exposed in the elements, following her vulnerable but powerful movements, examining her in her mystic and mythical roots. They are an ode to ancient depictions and motifs: Grecian goddesses emerging from rippling waters, reclining on bright fluffy clouds, and bathing in elaborate crystal clear fountains. My love of storytelling, folklore and classical figuration lends itself here to the narrative they each convey, there is a poignant sacredness and an other-worldly reverence surrounding them in their soft and tranquil settings.
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