How does art make you feel? Observing artwork can have a number of positive effects on your mind and has been shown to trigger the release of dopamine known as the “feel-good neurotransmitter”. Taking the time to think about a piece of art before you and allowing yourself a moment of mindfulness is a great way to centre yourself, feel inspired and be transported to another place or time.
One of the first things we did when we set up shop was a print collaboration, where we worked with artists to curate an online gallery to showcase their favourite pieces as limited edition prints.
Curating Accessible Art
The art world has for many centuries been an exclusive club, where collectors, galleries and curators dictated what was worthy of our attention. But as we become more liberal and our horizons expand, art – both the collection and creation of it – is becoming more accessible. One of the real positives to come from the pandemic has been the room to create and we are seeing new artists emerging like never before.
We wanted to curate a collection of limited edition art prints to support new artists and showcase these beautiful pieces together, with their wide range of styles and mediums. Read on to meet the artists we work with and for more information on the ten limited edition prints you can find in our online gallery.
1.) Happy at Home
This gorgeous watercolour print by artist Willa Bardawil is titled Happy at Home and captures the uninterrupted down-time she experienced during lockdown. Despite the fear and uncertainty that the pandemic presented, this piece shines a light on the comfort and happiness that staying in with loved ones brought to many.
Willa is a London based artist and illustrator and her female figure is a motif throughout much of her art. Working in watercolours, inks and pastels, she reinterprets classical and Romantic forms in a playful way within the modern context of today.
2.) Roof Extensions
Created by artist Ollie Brooks, Roof Extensions was inspired by his travels to Vietnam where the colourful and creative repairs to roofs around Ho Chi Ming City caught his eye. The abstract print takes these slabs of ad-hoc building materials and transposes them as colourful blocks in unfamiliar colours.
Ollie uses his artistic eye to focus on colour, shape and composition and creates original artwork using digital manipulation, collaging and screen printing methods.
India Copley created a series of collages during lockdown, of which Almost was one. The placement of the forms is an intentional representation of the distance between herself and loved ones, with the negative space representing not only the pain of distance, but also a new space in which to grow and discover.
India finds her inspiration from her daily surroundings and draws many of her compositions from nature and architectural designs. Often working with mixed media, India created the original piece using gouache and collage.
Photographer, artist, designer and board member of The London Arts, Anna Minchell presents Frames. This photographic series takes apart frames and considers them the subject rather than the vessel for artwork. Playful perspective and irregular depth perception make the architectural placement of shadow and the warm terracotta tones of this print a real talking piece.
Originally from County Durham, Anna is now based in South East London having graduated from Chelsea College of Arts. Her works cover various mediums including photography, set design and sculpture. By questioning forms, materials and objects within her work, Anna asks the viewer to question the compositions she creates.
Artist Erica Hodgkins uses digital illustration techniques, taking semi-abstract shapes and a forest inspired colour palette to create Forêt. Inspired by the abstract shapes and digital flow of artist Keith Haring and American graffiti artist KAWS, Erica expresses herself through the use of vibrant colours and prints.
Based in Worcester in the West Midlands, Erica’s work primarily focuses on digital printing, screen prints and experimenting with different forms.
6.) Birthday Flowers
Originally created in oil pastel, line drawing Birthday Flowers by Daisy Nicholls captures the essence of her birthday spent during lockdown. Immortalised in vibrant lilacs, greens, and fiery tones, the flower deliveries she received will live on forever. Daisy enjoys the freedom that working in oil pastels gives her, instilling structural spontaneity in her work.
With a strong knowledge of print design and illustration, Daisy communicates a story through playful relationships between words, pictures, shape and colour. She continuously works in exploring her print making practice alongside a visual communication design aspect.
7.) Boris in the Garden
Inspired by her travels around Australia, artist Grace Brindley presents Boris in the Garden. The print captures an unremarkable moment of stillness in an inspired way. A happy memory for the artist, Boris the dog would sit content in the garden-room of her Aunt's home in Australia.
Grace notes that as an artist she started out centring her art around politics, equality and the environment. Finding these messages hard to deliver through her art, she came to the realisation that by relieving herself of these pressures she could create things purely for enjoyment. This started to shine through her work and she quickly realised that just by making another person feel happy with her art, she was in fact making a positive change.
8.) Blue Nood II
Originally painted using acrylic paint and ink, artist Florence Hershman captures fluid movement in this feminine piece titled Blue Nood II. Inspired by a love of Henri Matisse, Florence uses acrylics as she enjoys the ease at which these paints can be moved around the page, creating welcome fluidity.
Florence doesn't believe that her art is married to any one style, although most recently she has started to experiment with continuous one-line paintings depicting the female form. Having previously enjoyed painting semi-abstract landscapes and harbour scenes, the shift in her approach has evolved enormously, and she is looking forward to the journey it takes her on as it continuously develops into the future.
9.) The Japanese Garden
Artist Alice Gordon created this mixed media piece depicting an abstract representation of Japanese architecture. The Japanese Garden uses a muted colour palette and extensive negative space to replicate the organic forms and rolling hills upon which it was based.
Alice's work focuses on simple form and colour. She tends to work in pastels and monochromatic colour schemes, with bold shapes to create gentle yet impactful prints.
An undeniably cheerful print created by artist Maddy Taylor, Sunset uses simple shapes and elementary colours, reminiscent of work by Sir Terry Frost, to capture her fond memories of sunsets over the French Riviera. Maddy wanted the colours to translate that feeling of warmth but also pop against each other.
Based in south west London, Maddy works primarily with oil pastels, taking inspiration from just about everything, although her primary influence tends to be her holidays in the South of France. These trips provide vision for the colour palette of blues, greens and yellows throughout her work.
How Does Art Make You Feel?
Inspiration is everywhere and it’s amazing how the increasing accessibility to art has sparked a chain reaction of creativity. We are in awe at the sheer magnitude of the art scene on Social Media, that bubbles with creativity from people across the world. Follow us on Instagram to hear more about the artists and independent makers we work with and tag us in your creative projects – we’d love to see them!