Bold Art

Bio

Originally from Germany and many years living abroad, Kira settled in London and became a full time artist in 2017. Taking classes from various leading art schools, she graduated with an art diploma in summer 2019.  As emerging artist she got discovered by an agent in Miami early, and started exhibiting in the US in 2017.  Just before lockdown, she started to exhibit off and online to collectors in Europe.

As abstract mixed media artist, she creates bold artworks on birch board or canvas, and complements her practice with vibrant monotype screen prints. She finds inspiration in seaside places and nature, as well as in state-of-the-art cityscapes and the buzzing scenes of multi-cultural cities such as London.

Intuitive, loose layers of paint, collage, and texture in her mixed media works reflect the richness of what she sees life has on offer. In line with her inquisitive mind, she combines a great variety of materials in her practice: large canvases or boards are transformed with paints, ripped magazine images, found objects, leftover newsprint from the printing studio, crayons and ink.  

Her monotype screen prints are often abstract expressions of a naive thought or an imaginative escape.  There is always an invitation to let the mind wonder beyond the mundane. In every piece she aims to pass on a feeling of spontaneity, energy and adventure.  She aims to push her artworks towards abstraction, leaving works deliberately open-ended and intriguing to the viewer.

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RECENT ART FAIRS:

ROYS ART FAIR LONDON – Nov’21

CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR – SURREY Sep’21

 

Vanity Fair Featured in the Lifestyle ‘New Finds’ section of Vanity Fair UK in 2021. 

M.A.D.S. Gallery – Italy July/August 2021

Exhibiting in Group Show ‘PARAISO’ in Milano, Italy, and Fuerteventura, Spain

Exhibitions

2021

Roy’s Art Fair London 24-28 Nov 2021

Contemporary Arts Fair, Surrey, UK, September’21

Shortlisted for ’50 Shades of Red’ exhibition at Kings House Gallery, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK 

Invited to exhibit at M.A.D.S. Art Gallery ,Milano, Italy July’21

2020

Virtual Exhibition, Essential School of Art, London
Virtual Exhibition, Art2Life.com

2019
Group Exhibition, Putney School of Art, London
Group Exhibition, Will’s Art Gallery, London
Group Exhibition, Design Art Concepts, Miami FL

2018
Group Exhibition, Design Art Concepts, Miami FL

Art Studies

Executive Masters Cultural Arts,
Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2020-21

Intuitive Painting,
Essential School of Painting, London 2020

Foundation Diploma,
Putney School of Art & Design, London 2017-2019

Various classes 
at London’s prestigious Art schools, London 2005-2016

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My Process
My Process and What Inspires Me

What inspires me as an artist?  Many things.  Visually, colour and light come to mind immediately.   Growing up in the North of Germany with a more subdued ‘marine’ colour palette, I was fascinated by the contrast in vibrancy when travelling to warmer, more exotic places: the brighter, very blue skies, fabrics in popping colours, and very different sets of sun-bleached pastels outdoors. 

Spiritually, I realise that many of us feel constraint by day-to-day demands, with little time for adventure. I am inspired to create artworks that go beyond borders and feel like taking risks.

A multi-cultural upbringing and enthusiasm for travel (not taken for granted at any time!) have created a deep interest in visual stimuli and cultural diversity.  Based in London, a city bursting of cultural diversity and visual variety, I get inspired mostly by absorbing what’s around me, including everyday lives as well as perspective in design and architecture, patterns and signage.  

My layered works are a celebration of contrasts, expressed in line and form, a variety of textures and materials, in addition to colour and light. The desire to find a place of ‘inspirational freedom’ is what ultimately drives me to create my Art, a ‘life in colour’, with bold marks going over the edges care-free.

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