Featured Artist: Abi Overland
Published: 02 June 2016
Abi Overland's beautiful and meticulous illustrations are a truely the definition of a 'labour of love'. Painstakingly and carefully crafted by hand, each one of her detailed drawings is evidence of the care, patience and concentration that is required of the talented Artist when making them. Abi returned to the island in 2015 after having gained a BA (Hons) in Illustration in 2015 and working as a freelancer before turning her mind to a full time job as the head of her own dinnerware business. The aim of the business was to create a range of intricately illustrated designs that are both contemporary and unique that still maintain a classic elegance. We love the work that Abi has created, and are really pleased that she will be participating for the first time in Skipton Open Studios, and sharing the pieces with the public at Jason Butler's studio alongside Jason, Ben Robertson (BOKRA) and Will Betram. Abi kindly took the time to answer some questions that we posed to her, to give us an insight into her creative process and get us excited for what she's got in store for us during Open Studios in July....
"How would you describe yourself as an Artist?
My work consists of very intricate details combining realistic drawings with surreal and dreamlike surroundings
Have you taken part in Skipton Open Studios before?
No this is my first time, I’ve only been living back in Jersey for the last year, but I’m very excited!
How did you first get into Art?
I’ve always been obsessed with drawing, when I was little and couldn’t draw I always made my parents draw pictures for me so I could watch how they did it.
Who is your creative inspiration?
I take my inspiration from many places, nature and plants is the central subject of my work. I like to think of my style of drawing as a hint on art deco elements with a modern and surreal twist. I really admire artists such as James Jean, Monica Rohan and Vania Zouravliov because of there intense detail, imagination, surreal and sometimes slightly dark subject matter
Why should we visit your Studio?
I’m really excited about this studio collaboration, I’ve admired Jason Butler's work for such a long time and I’m so excited to share the studio space with him as well as the brilliant illustrators Beni and Will, all of our styles are so different but I think compliment each other quite well and there seems to be a good flow from one artist to the next whilst keeping our own individual and notable style.
What have you been doing so far in preparation for this year’s Open Studios?
I’ve been working like a maniac on getting a main piece finished, ideally I would have liked to have more but I would rather have a key image that I have put my heart into (I’ve also got some very exciting plans for the exhibition including some interactive elements, but I don’t want to give anything away!)
What can we expect from you from this year’s Open Studios?
From looking at all the artists involved in this years open studios I think there’s very strong work there and will contribute to a really brilliant, exciting and unique open studios.
Describe Jersey’s creative scene in 5 words…
Growing, evolving, watch-this-space!"
With not one but four talented Artists sharing one space we're very excited to visit Abi and the other artists sharing Jason's studio during the East weekned: 2nd + 3rd July, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Please visit Abi's artist profile to find our her contact details, directions to Jason's studio and links to her website where you can find out more about Abi and her work!
Photos courtesy of Max Burnett.