Inside the Artist’s Mind

Inside the Artist's Mind ,

MH Ambassador Jessica Oliver’s latest hobby is one that many dream of. Not only does Jessica have the pleasure of living and breathing art, she now gets to explore the different ways in which artists use Michael Harding Hand Made Oil Paint and Artists Materials.

For her first feature on our blog, Jessica went to visit emerging artist Mark Batty whos work encompass striking and familiar representations of space as well as the more abstract inscrutable realms.

“In depicting the cosmos I exploit the versatility of Michael Harding oil paints. From numerous thin dark layers for the eternal expanse of nothingness to the myriad of bright white specs for dense congested starfields; I use Michael Harding mediums and coloured glazes for translucent nebulous clouds and buttery slathers of rolling stormy cloud bands on giant gaseous planets.”

“I aim to present the viewer with a universe that is both overwhelming and within our grasp”

“Touching on the sublime and magisterial gaze, which shape our very notions of the cosmos, my works evoke exploration and the frontier. I aim to present the viewer with a universe that is both overwhelming and within our grasp.”


About the Author

London based artist Jessica Oliver works from landscape and natural environment in both paint and sculpture. Her primary focus painting is to represent the phenomena of the elemental natural world. Having studied classical painting in Florence, Italy, and after pursuing her degree in Fine Art Painting at City and Guilds of London Art School & Masters in Fine Art at Brighton, she is an MH Ambassador and also the Art Director of Hackney Wick’s new London ‘Artist Residency and Gallery’-Anderson Gallery at Carpenter’s Wharf.

”When painting from landscape my intent is to represent the light, immersion and vibrancy of the subject and painterly medium. The viewer’s exploration of atmosphere and the visual and visceral surface of the paintings is my main focus. Currently I am using abstraction to re-invent an experience of natural space and landscape.” Jessica’s new work is inspired by Neo-Romantic traditions of nature and the sublime. Currently she is working with a combination of drawing and painting gesture to experiment with how bodily mark-making can convey emotion and an authentic representation of space.

Jessica is an MH Ambassador and also the Art Director of Hackney Wick’s new London ‘Artist Residency and Gallery’-Carpenter’s Wharf Studios.


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