Grace is professionally known as Graceland London, she studied Fine Art and History of Art at Hampstead Fine Arts, London, gaining a Bachelor's degree in 3D Digital Design and Animation which influences the technical side of her bold and brash artwork.Read More
Graceland is best known for brave, bold use of colour in her vibrant illustrations and paintings which depict the darker side of human nature and consumption. Her art visualises self-obsession and displays self-questioning quotes. She has always been fascinated with the idea of how mankind came up with all these ideologies that shape our thinking, and the different beliefs of the human being tackling issues such as the dangers of materialism and consumerism. Her style is predominantly contemporary and humorous, but subtly influenced by the historical religious symbolism in Italian Renaissance and Flemish art, such as the old masters and story-telling of scenic paintings.
Her work also has elements of the macabre and horror within the narrative. From a young age she was interested in subject matter of the unknown which offered a sense of escapism. Graceland enjoys being taken to places and following stories completely unlike her own world, through research, books and films, that push and inspire to the darker side of the human inner ego.
Her overall subject matter examines human consumption. She explores the ways in which human beings consume vices to feed the inner ego. The characters in her artwork depict the varying emotions we feel, and simultaneously represent the facade we display to the rest of the world. She often includes hidden meanings and humorous symbols to counteract the serious messaging of her artworks. Combining the skill of traditional oil painting techniques with the modernity of flat acrylic vibrant colours, Graceland's work is both forward-thinking and retrospective in equal measure.
Text courtesy Maddox Gallery.