About, Commissions and Exhibitions

 

Hello, I’m Veronica and I’m an East London based Artist, Illustrator and Surface Pattern Designer.

This is my story:

I completed my first degree in Surface Pattern Design (Textiles for Fashion) from the University of Wales in 2009 with 1st Class Honours and completed a Master’s Degree in Communication Design (Illustration) from Kingston University in 2017.

As a nostalgic individual who hoards copious amounts of kitsch, vintage ornaments as they’re too ‘cute’ to throw away, the ethos and research behind my personal work is the concept of a ‘universal trigger for the inner-child in adults’, (in other words, my aim in create quirky, delightful artworks which make the viewer feel nostalgic) vintage dolls and depictions of soft transitional objects are a recurring theme throughout my work.

Throughout my research I have come to realise that a touch of melancholy/bitter sweet and the handmade is integral to the viewer in developing a strong attachment and lasting impression to the particular object.

I create original artworks, Ltd Edition prints, cushions and large scale community outreach projects/commissions- adding a splash of colour and childlike charm to interior and exterior spaces.

As well as my personal artworks and lifestyle range my clients have included:

Taylor Wimpey Homes

The NHS

West 12 Centre

Petit Miracles Hub

Healthy Planet

Rosetta Art Centre

Potential Productions (final posters put up inside London buses).

 

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Exhibitions and Awards

12th February 2017 – 15th  May 2017

Solo Exhibition

Coffee Wakeup (Exhibition of prints and mini illustrations)

(Clapham Common, London).

 

10th November – 10th December 2016.

Solo Exhibition

The Humble Gallery– ‘Memories From the Doll’s House’

(Stratford, London).

 

Solo Exhibition

Free Space Gallery – Solo Exhibition of work

(Kentish Town, London).

20th August 2013 – 8th September 2013

Group Exhibition

KPMG building – ‘Seeing Matters’

(Canary Wharf, London).

 

4th – 7th April 2013

Group Exhibition

Old Truman Brewery – ‘Coffee Arts Project’

(Aldgate East, London).

 

12th December 2012 – 13th January 2013

Group Exhibition

Brick Lane Gallery – ‘Christmas Pop-up shop’

(Aldgate East, London).

 

7th -23rd December 2012

Group Exhibition

Cultivate Evolved – ‘Art is for Life, not just for Christmas’

(Vyner Street, Hackney).

 

7th -9th December 2012

Group Exhibition

Stockwell Studios – ‘Off the Shelf,’ Book Exhibition

(Oval, London).

 

6th -31st August 2012

Solo Exhibition

Brady Art and Community Centre – ‘London Fashion Dolls’ in conjunction with London Borough of Tower Hamlets Council

(Algate East, London).

 

14th – 30th May 2012

Solo Exhibition

Idea Store – ‘London Fashion Dolls’

(Canary Wharf, London).

 

23rd February – 9th March 2012

Group Exhibition

Curious Duke Gallery – ‘Style’ (Fashion Illustration Exhibition),

(Old Street, London).

 

3rd – 14th November 2011

Group Exhibition

Curious Duke Gallery – ‘Curious Crafts’ (Applied Art and Craft exhibition),

(Whitecross Street, London).

 

11th April- 10th May 2011

Solo exhibition

The Deafcat Gallery

(Rochester, Kent).

 

July 2009

Group Exhibition

Premiere Vision ‘Indigo’ (Premiere Fabric show)

(Paris, France).

 

(September 2009)

Group Exhibition

Business Design Centre‘New Designers’

(Islington, London).

 

July 2009

Group Exhibition

Swansea Grand Theatre ‘Fabricate’ (Surface Pattern Design Degree show)

(Swansea, Wales).

 

Awards

2016, Semi-finalist in the Hand & Lock prize for embroidery

2013, Winner, Kill your Darlings Cut up Exhibition, London, Artwork featured on ‘Kill your Darlings’ DVD extra: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v53b5p43Hu8

2009, Winner, ‘Elizabeth Jeffries Dressmaking Award’ (Swansea) Fabricate exhibition, Swansea Grand Theatre

2009, Momiji Couture Contest, Semi-finalist (London) – Hand-made Couture Doll exhibited at ‘Royal T’ Gallery in Los Angeles: http://www.royal-t.org/

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    Capoeira Encore: Get Groovy with artFix | said:
    March 16, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    […] week’s Artist in Residence is the wonderfully talented Veronica Rowlands. She is a playful and exuberant London based Artist. Veronica’s unique style of drawing […]

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