Olivia Kemp


Though The Way Is Lost, 100 x 60, 2015
Above The Vaulted Sky
Last Rest In Daylight
‘Though the way is lost’
2015, ink on paper
‘Above the vaulted sky’
2017, ink on paper
‘Last rest in daylight’
2016, ink on paper

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Olivia Kemp studied BA Painting at Winchester School of Art and went on to study MA Drawing at Wimbledon College of Art where she was awarded The Jealous Prize. Her pen and ink drawings are concerned with constructing and re-modelling landscape, building worlds and imaginary places. She has exhibited at various galleries including The Saatchi Gallery, James Freeman Gallery, Griffin Gallery and recently a solo exhibition at Browse & Darby. She has work in private and public collections including The Prince of Wales, V&A, The University of the Arts London and The Rothschild Collection.
When creating her meticulous works Kemp notes that she often falls into a trance-like state, the final result surprising even herself.
“I draw in order to make sense of landscape but also to construct and remodel it. I build worlds and imaginary places that grow out of a need to interpret the sites that I have known, expanding and developing them across a page. This encompasses everything, from the visions of a grand landscape right down to the details of the land, the plants and creatures that may inhabit it.”