Jilly Oxlade-Arnott, English, 1968 – Present
Oxlade-Arnott is known for her unique watercolour and fine line ink depictions of historically or nationally significant architecture. She is a Worcester based architectural watercolour artist from a family of draughtsmen, painters, potters and sculptors. Having two distinct styles, a more traditional ‘Classique’ which is bright watercolour with detailed fine line ink whereas ‘Vivid’ is simplistic bold lines on layers of pure vibrant colours, inspired by the pop art genre and is best seen on large scale canvases.
Structure, perception and placement form the focal point of her works, with an emphasis of colour and depth on the subject structure leaving the surrounding detail in contrasting black line work. Oxlade-Arnott is known nationally for her works of Worcester, Malvern, Croome, Cheltenham and Ludlow and is now gaining great interest from the international collector’s scene for both her classique global and vivid works.
Although her two styles may depict the same subject they are divergent in their imagery, feeling and scale, which is reflective of Oxlade-Arnott’s working life, having decided to immerse herself completely in her painting after over thirty years of corporate marketing.
Architecture and its’ appreciation is of importance to Oxlade-Arnott, who commented “Buildings are the foundation of our lives, the interaction we all have with them may be inconsequential but if, once in a while you stop, look up, you’ll be surprised by what you’ve missed and how varied and intricate the urban landscape can really be.”
She set up Architectural Impressions (or Archiimp for short) as a separate brand to promote the commercial and retail aspects as her business. Architectural Impressions was formally launched in June 2017 and continues to grow, driven by the wonderful response to her work.
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