Victoria Horkan

Victoria Horkan is a fine artist based in Leeds. Studying an MA in textiles at Huddersfield University allowed her to explore the usage of different mediums. Her creations combine a staggering attention to detail with vibrant and passionate colouring, producing eye-catching work that is impossible not to notice.

‘Victoria’s work offers a bold, vibrant and expressive milieu of forms and colours that falls somewhere between the realms of impressionism, abstraction and expressionism. Taking inspiration from the natural world, her paintings make reference to creatures from the sky and sea.’ – Victoria’s Statement.

There is a great deal of life and freedom to the work, with a somehow calming effect, without the restraint of artistic intensity. A youthful energy encourages to viewer to move, to engage with the enchanting visual story being told and discover more.

In ‘Fragments’ (Image 1) we see hundreds of shards of photographs, freely yet intricately layered over oil paints, creating a mesmerising assortment of visuals that stay in the mind. ‘Masterpiece’ is no doubt a word that is often used to describe artworks that perhaps do not reach the criteria, but in this case, Victoria Horkan’s work is an exemplary example of a masterpiece. It would be hard to argue with the impeccable level of talent that this artist has.

Exhibited in London, Leeds, Belfast and Edinburgh and with clients in America, Italy, Dubai and Abu Dhabi – Victoria Horkan, like a butterfly, is fluttering to the top of the fine art world.

Memo

Memo is the working alias of Helen Entwisle, graduate of the Norwich School of Art and Design and now a freelance designer and screen printer living in Leeds. Her range of work encompasses limited edition prints, greeting cards, self-published ‘zines (she puts together a collaborative ‘zine entitled “Ten Fingers”), tote bags, hand-printed stationary and accessories. So no small range then.

Memo’s designs are quirky and playful, and embody a sense of fun and good-humour. They feature everyday objects such as radios, cameras, typewriters, ducks, and sweet, good-humoured messages like “coffee is good for your brain” and “nice to see you” accompanied by a sketch of a pair of spectacles. My especial favourite is “you float my [drawing of a boat]”.  In short, Memo’s designs are bright, homely and full of character.

If Memo’s designs tickle your fancy too, and you’d like to have a greeting card or two for your very own, visit her stores on either Etsy or Not On The High Street. You can find out more about her via her own website.

– Georgie