There comes a tipping point in the life of every successful artists where they stop being a work in progress, or a timid art student and grow into a full form. There comes a point whereby they realise potential and the artistic community begins to recognise them as being above their contemporaries. For Victoria Horkan this point has arrived, with backing from major London auction house Sothebys, home to some of the biggest sales of the century. The work of Victoria Horkan is at once familiar and fiercely contemporary. Abstract shapes and brooding colours blend to create works which depict the emotion and the substance of the modern world. Building, but never relying, on the works of Miro, Pollock and Rothko she creates the kind of art that you could live alongside. Her pieces breath with a light and life missing from so many of her contemporaries, with the most complex feelings depicted through the smallest details. She has already been showcased on the BBC 1 website, exhibited in London, Edinburgh, Belfast and Leeds and has been sold worldwide.
Her inspiration comes from the modern structures, buildings and graphic design she sees around her, especially the clean cut line of proudly contemporary work. She filters ideas, trying to live with them for a number of days before taking it back to the studio to develop. This process allows her to distil the emotive quality of the object, rather than merely reproduce its physical form, allowing her to develop the ideas and create paintings that are incredibly human. Victoria is connected the developments around her and gains fresh ideas from the artwork produced by young, new artists she sees displayed in galleries all over the country. Victoria has been painting for as long as she can remember. She recently finished her MA at the University of Huddersfield and now devotes all of her time to her art. Throughout her young career she has experimented with palettes and the expression of movement to great effect. She has reduced the form in her art to its most simple, clean and uncluttered shape, creating the perfect portal for the expression of pure emotion. Her style develops from one painting to the next, each work inspiring the last meaning she has a uneasy feeling whenever she sees older works. Her newest work is her most accomplished, boding well for a successful future.
There has been a truly positive vibe about her work for a while now, even though Horkan is still at the beginning of her career. Rave reviews and positive sales have encouraged her to dedicate her life to the development of her art. It has not been plain sailing though. Finding the right gallery to represent you can be make or break, especially in the biggest global downturn in a generation. Horkan says confidence is the answer- that if you do not believe 100% in your collection you are doomed. The positivity about her work has given her this belief and now she is confident of future exhibitions and sales through Sothebys and her website.,