A Studio Sale of works of art direct from the studio of artist Olivia Mansfield.
Olivia’s paintings are figments of fantastical imaginary worlds. They exist almost as portals, as arching doorways to fragmented realms which allude to and echo our own existence. Ethereal visions approach you with beguiling, unravelling narratives, bringing together splayed and mystical perceptions of a familiar yet altogether fictional place.
The intuitive process allows Olivia to engage deeply with the forms manifesting within the work. Orphic symbols oscillate in sacred shrines, warm ashy earth is tracked with muddied feet. Witness her exploration of expressive flora and fauna, foreshadowed by brooding, atmospheric skies. Spy saplings and seedlings, visions of explosive, abundant new life emerging, blossoming, thriving from within the distinct and unique manipulation of the paint.
Her work has its roots in classical and historical painting, iconography, theology, ancient cultures, religion, ritual and symbolism. Themes of myth, legend and folklore intertwine vividly with the celestial, botanical, almost sci-fi like imagery with which she plays. Reference to melting, oozing land masses and bizarre formations in earth and stone lure the viewer into where there is a revered recognition that life, creation, death, destruction, rejuvenation and rebirth have all occurred.
Recently Olivia’s focus has begun to shift into exploring a more figurative and bodily image within her practice. These grand beings move, morph, cradle and caress within the abstract structures of her gestural and emotive landscapes. Questioning the human condition, our relationships, our strengths, weaknesses and our palpable vulnerability within our ever-changing environment.
3. Olivia MansfieldOut Of The Morning Mist
painting , 21 x 15 x 1 cm.
6. Olivia MansfieldI, Said The Sparrow
Painting , 22 x 16 x 2 cm.
7. Olivia MansfieldBlooms in the Bracken
painting, 15 x 26 x 2 cm.
11. Olivia MansfieldA Fig Which Tastes, As Though Poison
painting , 32 x 13 x 1 cm.
12. Olivia MansfieldIn The Damp and Moss
Painting, 30 x 22 x 1 cm.
15. Olivia MansfieldIf Helios Could See Me Now
painting, 26 x 31 x 1 cm.
16. Olivia MansfieldAmongst The Daughters of The Evening
painting, 31 x 41 x 1 cm.
18. Olivia MansfieldWe Came Here To Heal
painting, 23 x 31 x 1 cm.
25. Olivia MansfieldSitting in The Long Grass
Painting, 15 x 15 x 2 cm.
28. Olivia MansfieldLast Tears of The Morning Star
Painting, 15 x 15 x 4 cm.