Q + A: Olivia Shimeld


How would you describe your art?

My paintings are bright and bold, featuring neon, pastel and everything in between. I’m aiming for the viewer to have their own personal connection to my work, whether it be a response to the rich colour or to the universal theme of landscape. I studied a Bachelor of Visual Art, majoring in Electronic and Temporal Art at Sydney College of The Arts University of Sydney a while back in 1997. We were just coming into the digital age then, it was a very exciting time. I now reference time based digital art regularly through my work.

Where are you based?

I am based in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains of NSW. It is beautiful here, with stunning views and amazing bushwalks on our doorstep. It’s a great place to be an artist and also to raise a family. With four kids between the ages of 12 and four, my husband (also an artist) and I love the space and to be able to work from our home studios – mine is a self-contained cabin with a small deck in our garden.

What is your process?

For acrylic and spray painting, I like to work on the floor with drop sheets. For oil painting I work on an easel on a low rung, so I can sit on the floor while I work and have all my materials spread out around me. My work is very intuitive. I will have an idea, but so much of it just depends on how things go on that day. If I’m not happy with a painting, I will keep working on it until it comes together, or simply put it away for another day. It’s all a bit fluid at the moment with the whole COVID-19 situation, but I’m trying to use the situation to my best advantage and just make as much new work as I can and go from there.

Where can people find your work?

You can find my work on social media. I will also be having a solo show at 107 Projects in Redfern later this year and a show with my husband Morgan Shimeld at Day Fine Art in Blackheath in October.

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