In May, accompanied by my son Zac, I had the pleasure of visiting the open studio of artist, Jessica Zoob.
Her studio, like her paintings, are a joy to behold!
It was wonderful to enjoy this visit with Zac, who is a budding artist himself. His fascination and joy at wandering around a REAL artist studio was evident on his face.
My love for Jessica’s work goes back a few years as I was browsing the shops in Lewes, East Sussex. I can’t even remember which shop it was but I saw a flyer with a painting of hers on it and I was instantly hooked.
Much of Jessica’s work is abstract and I defy you not to want to dive into it. Both large and small scale pieces are stacked and propped up around her Lewes studio. Every one a pleasure.
“I would probably describe my work as contemporary art or contemporary impressionism.” Jessica Zoob,
They are pieces of art you want to stare at. Explore, Find hidden depths within. Simply, they touch you.
I know I’m inspired when my heart literally skips a beat.
My heart was fluttering the day I visited her artist studio.
No, it wasn’t the lovely glass of Prosecco that we were welcomed with when we arrived at her studio, just outside of Lewes in East Sussex. Or the stunning setting and views from her industrial size unit.
Quite simply the room glowed with her beautiful paintings.
I have to share Jessica’s description of her work, it’s perfect:
“My paintings are often about landscapes both real and emotional. To me abstract implies that the viewer is not going to understand the work and is not expected to – what is exciting to me is that people who love my work bring something of themselves to the creative process, because it is how they engage with their own imagination when they look into a painting that then completes the work”
Jessica trained at Central School of Art and Nottingham University, during which time she travelled extensively. She has worked as a theatre designer including Bristol Old Vic, the Royal National Theatre and Greenwich Theatre. She exhibits in and around London. Her paintings adorn walls in collections across the world.
I personally have a Jessica Zoob savings pot, because it is a dream of mine to own an original oil painting one day!
Artist Painting Technique
Jessica uses mainly oil paint. “It gives colours solidity, lustre and depth, while its transparency makes wonderful glazes.” she says on her website
She also uses acrylic colour for its iridescence and metallic qualities, and its “magical capacity to change or enhance overlying colours depending on the play of light on the picture, or the position of the viewer.”
The paintings are created via a process of building and scraping back layers of paint. She pours liquid glazes on to the canvas, which forces spontaneity in her pieces.
If you’re a fan of Gerhard Richter, Monet, Rothco, I know you’ll love Jessica Zoob’s beautiful paintings. She is also a lovely, warm, open person. Which makes me love her paintings even more.
Do check out Jessica’s work and website. I KNOW you’re going to be inspired.
Have an inspired day