CONTEMPORARY FIGURATIVE ARTIST
My Oil Paintings reference my studies in Art History and feminism. I use the techniques of the old masters, working on each painting over an extended period of time.
My acrylics consist of self-portraits, and portraits of family and friends, painted from photographs in everyday settings. These acrylics are technically flowing and quick to create.
I am a figurative painter whose work fuses personal and historical narratives, autobiography, and traditional painting techniques.
Brought up in a quintessentially English village outside London, by a Greek father and a French mother, I have lived and worked in Paris and London and am now based in Brighton where I have my studio.
My work is influenced by my studies in Art History, Psychoanalysis and Feminism as well as my personal experience. I studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins and, after graduating, completed an MA in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art. My dissertation explored the exclusion of women from academic training and Art History. I continued this research with an intensive painting course in portraiture in Florence, learning the classical techniques of the Old Masters.
Inspired by female painters, Artemisia Gentileschi and Frida Kahlo, as well as contemporary photographers, such as, Anna Gaskell and Cindy Sherman, I have reinterpreted their work using traditional methods. Focusing on portraiture and self-portraiture, I have adapted and created paintings using my own imagery.
Alongside oil paintings, I produce acrylics, watercolours and drawings. I paint acrylics of myself, family and friends, working from photographs. I create drawings, using images from my books on women artists and magazines. I choose images that resonate with my own story. I also use stills from performances I have staged, and personal photographs, weaving my own personal narratives, both real and imagined, from my studio and my home.
I undertake commissions on request.
Born in 1971,
Qualifications and Training
2007 Angel Academy of Art, Intensive Painting course, Florence
2007 MA History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art, London
2002 BA Fine Art (Hons), Central Saint Martins College of Fine Art, London
2003 Herstory, Brighton Fringe Festival, Brighton
1994 Paintings from L’Hôpital Sainte-Anne, Finnegans Wake, Paris
2014 Shape Gallery, Stratford, London
2013 Shape at Liberty Festival, London
2013 Shape in the City, Pop Up Gallery, London
2012 Civil Partnerships, University of Brighton, Brighton
2010 Dream Home, Phoenix, Brighton
2010 Phoenix Open, Phoenix, Brighton
2009 Phoenix Open, Phoenix, Brighton
2003 Chixx, Tavistock Theater, London
2001 Foreign Bodies, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London
2001 Women Artists, People Show, London
2001 Tinted Spectacles, The Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London
2016 InPractice at the Royal Academy, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2015 InPractice at the Royal Academy, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2013 Jensen, Olu, Revolting Doubles: Radical Narcissus and the Trope of Lesbian Doppelgangers, Journal of Lesbian Studies,
2012 Civil Partnerships Forum, University of Brighton, Brighton
2010 Interview, Radio Reverb, Brighton
2002 MAKE the magazine of Women’s Art, Online Graduate Review, London
2001 Intern, Women’s Art Library, London