VENETIA NORRIS

I enjoy the spontaneity of drawing from life and communicating a sense of place. I only feel that I fully understand something if I have drawn it. I love the sound of a pencil leaving a mark, varying its pressure, looking carefully at what I am drawing while the work evolves upon the paper. I use a variety of materials including graphite, pen & ink, paint, charcoal gold/silver leaf upon paper and board.

I am exhibiting a series of artworks inspired by New Covent Garden Flower Market located in Vauxhall. I visited the Flower Market as a child and was amazed by the colours and scents. The Market is moving early this year for the third time. During this project I interviewed florists and people involved with the market. I have incorporated architectural details, rubbings taken onsite and drawings of flowers from the market into the artwork. My project explores the idea of flowers linking the past with the present within a changing landscape.

I studied at Chelsea School of Art, London College of Fashion and Sir John Cass Art School and have been a professional artist for the last seven years exhibiting widely.

My artwork has been shown at the Affordable Art Fair, Christies London and included in several group exhibitions at the Mall Galleries London. To date she has had five solo shows, the most recent was held at the end of a residency at North London Collegiate School. I completed a Fellowship with Ballinglen Arts Foundation, County Mayo, Ireland in March 2016. I am delighted to have been awarded a place on the EU funded professional development program for artists called London Creative Network.