Australian artist Jessica Watts celebrates all that is feminine in her series of colorful paintings. She uses a distinct collage style to merge depictions of the female figure with vibrant flowers, botanical wallpaper designs, and scenes from nature.
Before becoming a painter, Watts worked as an advertising art director in Sydney and New York for almost 20 years. During this time, she has collected an array of exquisitely designed accessories, including vintage rubber stamps, wallpaper, and typography manuals. Later, when Watts decided to make painting her full-time career, she used her memories as inspiration for her first creative series.
“My paintings investigate genre clichés and focus on the positive and the beautiful,” Watts told My Modern Met. “My collection of wallpapers from the 1940s was the inspiration for my series, Wallflower, a large group of works that depict the female body immersed both in nature and in a common domestic decoration: wallpaper ”, she continues. “These two themes speak feminine, in a beautiful and powerful way.” His other series, in raw state, features the same oil and acrylic painted flower and women portrait mash-ups on handmade Australian hardwood with custom frames.
Not only does Watts celebrate female expression in her work, but it also gives her a power that she doesn’t normally have. “While the traditional idea of a wallflower is a shy girl waiting to be chosen, these women take center stage; they are masters of themselves, confident and strong, ”she explains. “I play with patterns and flowers and brightly colored birds to accentuate the connection with nature. Likewise, by masking the flower figures, I strive to capture them in a way that shows that beauty is more about the hidden than the revealed.
You can purchase original artwork and prints through Watts’ online store and keep up to date with his latest projects by following the artist on Instagram.
Australian artist Jessica Watts creates exquisite paintings that merge flowers with the female figure.
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