Born in the North of England, contemporary artist Elizabeth Orchard currently works between the UK and Florence, Italy.
With a background in fashion and design, Elizabeth possesses an intuitive understanding of colour, texture and form. Her paintings evolve organically through a process of thoughtful experimentation. Working in acrylic and oil, she interweaves layers of pigment to produce deep, dynamic canvases that engage the imagination.
Elizabeth is fascinated with the intersection of the individual and their material space. When creating commissioned works, she pays careful attention to the home of her client, to furnishings, finishes and textiles in particular.
Elizabeth’s love for textiles is expressed in her line of custom hand-painted silk scarves, one-of-a-kind pieces suitable for the beach or the ballet.
This solo exhibition will bring Elizabeth’s newest work to a wider public outside the established client base for the first time.
“Elizabeth’s wonderful paintings stimulate the senses in so many ways through her use of colour and texture. Her canvases literally bounce with vibrant positivity or soothe the spirit with more meditative studies. It is her unique juxtaposition of colour that provides this visual “Feng-Shui for the Soul” Angie Greenhalgh
“The colours shimmer with light in a composition that is harmonious, balanced and extraordinarily fluid whilst the total effect of this abstract work is both beguiling and beautiful.” Maggie Justice (www.museshouse.com)
“No easy task, but never one to give up, Elizabeth researched and explored the materials and process until she had it mastered.” Valencia Wolf from Florence (www.florenceisyou.com)
The artist’s words:
“The silk has such a mind of its own, that it takes more focus and control to transfer my vision and more time and patience to achieve the end result, but I love the challenge it brings me and the delight it brings to others. Each scarf is a signed, art piece. Like a moment in time, no two are ever the same and I think that makes them extra special to each person that wears one, male or female”.
“I couldn’t be happier or more content than when I can paint here in my garden on a beautiful warm day listening to music and surrounded by the smell of flowers and nature”