‘Egg before Chic’
Zoe is a freelance artist based in Leeds and is an active member of the art collective ‘PRECIOUS’. Her creative practice is rooted in drawing, painting and mixed media sculpture, embracing traditional approaches with contemporary application. The female form is central to Zoe’s practice, drawing inspiration from imagination and life. She works intuitively with subject and material to create the playful, challenging and spontaneous characters.
Zoe is a graduate of Falmouth University, 2013 and since graduating she has been Shortlisted for British Women Artists prize 2018, awarded the Surface Gallery Prize in 2017, and the Nottingham Castle Open Prize in 2016. She has shown extensively in solo and group formats. Exhibitions include: ‘Ruby’ at Charles Abbey, Nottingham, 2021; ‘Broadsheet’, Assembly House, Leeds, 2021; ‘Above the law (Girls in boots)’, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, 2017. She has been selected for a range of UK based and international residencies which she is finds particularly enriching to her practice including: Charles Abbey - Nottingham 2021; Cyprus School of Art - Cyprus 2019/2020; ComPeung - Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2016; The Old Burtons – Ilkeston, 2013/2014.
‘Beyond the Realm of Reality’
Olga’s current body of work explores the vastness and complexities of the human condition. She merges a multitude of images taken from photos which are repurposed, reconstructed & multi-layered, to portray the dark parables of historical events and actual lived history of people. Through a loose, expressive painting style that flits between figuration and abstraction, her work attempts to name and give voice to the conflicted spaces we currently inhabit. ‘We experience crises of our own making: cultural, political and environmental. They all face off in my current body of work’.
Olga resides in Salford, she completed her BA(Hons) Fine Art, University of Salford, Manchester in 2022 and is currently doing an MA in Contemporary Fine Art at the same University. Recent exhibitions include: ‘Made It in 2022’ part of Short Supply’s collaboration with Home, Manchester; ‘The New Artist’, Boomer Gallery, Tower Bridge London; In Manchester Open Call Exhibition, ‘Cotton on MCR’, Manchester 2022. Olga was awarded The Haworth Charitable Trust Undergraduate Scholarship, 2021 and was shortlisted Open call for Rural Arts ‘Fresh Exhibition’ Thirsk, 2022.