Hello and welcome to the November edition of Meet The Artist. Each month I will be bringing you an in-depth interview from some of the most coveted independent artists in the interiors and art sphere. This month it is my absolute pleasure to introduce the bona fide talent that is Rebecca Sophie Leigh AKA Seed of Memory Art.
About Rebecca A natural artist with a flair for modern impressionism, Rebecca is a growing force within the art world. With a coveted place at the Chelsea Art Club, her paintings in the homes of Royalty, designers, uber cool celebrities and interior aficionados such as Pearl Lowe, and collaborations with Anna Hayman Designs andDevol Kitchens under her belt all within 2 years after she first picked up a paint brush, Rebecca is most certainly an artistic powerhouse and a definite one to watch in 2019.
1. You have described your work as modern naïve impressionist portrait images which stylishly capture characters from a bygone era. Would you still use these words to describe your work? And what inspired you to create in this way?
Yes i would still agree to the description of my work and my inspiration comes from my darling glamorous Grannie whos still well and happy aged 95! Two years ago i picked up a paint brush for the first time and the feeling was incredibly overwhelming, i finally found what i had been searching for. It was also a sense of displacement that lead me to painting and a distraction from what was at the time. My Great Grannie was head of Illustrations at Selfridges back in the day and also an amazing portrait artist.
I understand that you are a self-taught artist. Was painting always a passion of yours? How long have you been painting for? and when did you realise that the work that you were creating was so good that other people wanted to own it?
It was when i sold two paintings to Royalty in that I thought I should perhaps continue, along with the support from Instagram followers pushed me forwarded to do better!
Do you find yourself able to create anywhere and everywhere or do you have to dedicate time and space at home to work?
I never dedicate time to paint, i just rush to the kitchen table when i feel the creativity rush through my hands. Ive been know to drop what im doing and leg it home to paint ! I am often sketching whilst eating solo in a cafe somewhere.
What gets you into the flow of creating a piece of art?
Sadness, boredom / love excitement and happiness drives me to paint...I don't enjoy people watching me paint either, its very private to me.
Can you describe the process of creating one of your portraits? What mediums do you use and how much time goes into the process from idea to you being able to put an art work up for sale?
Timescales can vary as I create as and when I feel the urge to. I use mixed mediums acrylics, inks and charcoal as mediums and have recently been painting on scraps of recycled cardboard which is new for me.
You constantly deliver portraits that have a real depth, vibrancy and soul to them. Your paintings are so full of life that you can almost feel the emotions behind the subjects that you have created which must be demanding. Do you ever have periods of creative block and how do you overcome these?
I have not as yet experienced creative block but there are times I don't wish to go near the paintbrush which i'm comfortable with, I just wait for the wave of creativity to hit me which can be at any given time.
Out of all the paintings you have created, do you have a favourite piece? If so what makes that painting special?
I do have one favourite portrait...I sold her one evening in the Chelsea Arts Cub, then persuaded the buyer to sell her back to me...to this day i'm not sure why i love her so much but shes carefeully tucked away at home. I just fell in love with her, imperfections and all!
The end of 2018 is upon us, what can we expect from you next year? Will you be expanding your art into different forms? Perhaps expanding the materials that you paint with / onto?
Next year im working on painting commissions for a feature film - I can't say anymore on this right now im afraid and i hope to have a show middle of next year in London. The date will be announced on instagram in due course and my new collection will be around Parisian Brothels and Burlesque.
Do you believe in making artistic mistakes or is everything a learning curve? If you do, what has been your artistic mistake? And how did you move on from it?
I do make plenty of mistakes but I embrace imperfection and enjoy re layering my work with endless coats of colour!
Who do you admire in the art world and why?
I admire Otto Dix, Modgiliani and Picasso's early work for their use of colour and modern style of portraits.
What do you think is the one thing that makes a room? Is it a fabulous print? A gallery room full of art, cool floor etc?
What really makes a room is good energy and textures and of course a superb portrait.
Thank you for your time Rebecca its been an absolute pleasure, I will be checking in with you very regularly via instagram in anticipation for the show and film anouncmenet!
So thats it for this months All of the pictures featured here amongst many many more can be found via Rebecca's instagram @seedofmemoryart and on sale via Rocket St George.
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