If you haven’t heard of Jessica Zoob yet – and if you follow our client Intarya on Twitter you definitely will have done, they’re huge fans – she is the British contemporary artist currently taking the art world by storm. She’s in Elle Decoration this month, and Harry Styles – we know you’ve heard of him – bought one of her paintings last year.
At Decorum, we love Zoob mainly because of her beautiful use of colour – she always manages to create a thing of beauty, and her pieces are extremely evocative – but also because she seems like a genuinely nice person. We know this because we follow her on Twitter, of course.
While much of her recent publicity can be attributed to her beautiful new collection with Romo Black, Zoob has enjoyed a long and illustrious career to date thanks to, we think, her unique outlook on life and art.
In her own words: “I work mainly with oil paint as it has exceptional properties: it gives colours solidity, lustre and depth, while its transparency makes wonderful glazes. I also use acrylic colour for its iridescence and metallic qualities, and its magical capacity to change or enhance overlying colours depending on the play of light on the picture, or the position of the viewer. I use gels textured with glass, cement, sand or crushed garnet and gesso in order to build a painting’s underlying structure. Many of the paintings are created by a process of building up and scraping back layers of paint. Pouring liquid glazes onto the canvas forces me to work with complete spontaneity. Some works may also be embellished with crystal jewels, beads, pearls, metal disks or tiny shells. I would probably describe my work as contemporary art or contemporary impressionism.
“I have recently been exploring the idea of the Dream Painting, recalling the sensation of watching the sky with the mind free to create images in the cloud patterns. I tend to look for hope and redemption by celebrating beauty in its various forms, be it in urban decay, a Hebridean storm, or a butterfly’s wing”
The pictures above were taken at Intarya’s studio, the same night Mr Styles fell for ‘Passion 5.’ Below are some of Zoob’s personal favourites.
Jessica Zoob is currently exhibiting at London Design Week. We’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for her work when we’re there on Thursday, and for any boy band members that may be lurking nearby, too…