Olivia Kemp

Drawing

Olivia Kemp Art for Guernsey

London, United Kingdon

Olivia Kemp Art for Guernsey

EXHIBITION DATE

September / October 2017

VENUE

Market Buildings, Guernsey

Olivia Kemp is a British artist and draughtswoman working with pen and ink. She makes complex and detailed drawings, often on a monumental scale, that are built from photography, observational sketches and her own memories of destinations she has visited.

Olivia, Art for Guernsey’s second artist in residence, has exhibited at various galleries including The Saatchi Gallery, The National Gallery, Christies New York and also Hyde Park Corner Tube Station as part of “The Art Below” project. She has artworks in the collections of both the V&A Museum and the University of the Arts London, and many privately held by British and international fine art collectors.

Many of Olivia’s drawings capture the resilience of nature and the vulnerability of built structures, with man-made constructions in various stages of being repossessed by nature. Guernsey, with its concrete World War II bunkers and huge empty, broken greenhouses, proved to be an ideal starting point for the largest piece inspired by her residence, ‘The Where That Was’. A fantastical scene showing, in elaborate detail, the landscape of Guernsey, this artwork was chosen by Prince Charles to be exhibited as part of ‘Prince and Patron’, a show held at Buckingham Palace to mark his 70th birthday. It has also been exhibited at the Guernsey Museum.

Olivia’s career has gone from strength to strength since she completed her residency in Guernsey, and the Art for Guernsey team, and the many islanders who were captivated by her art, follow her progress with interest.

ARTIST STATEMENT

“I draw in order to make sense of landscape but also to construct and re model 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.”

Proudly sponsored by:

Olivia Kemp Art for Guernsey
Olivia Kemp Art for Guernsey

“BullionRock was absolutely delighted to be asked to support the wonderful Art for Guernsey initiative. We think we can rightly boast to having been very influential in helping the founder of Art for Guernsey, David Ummels, in moving to the island and heard of his passion for the works of Eugen Gorean at a very early stage. BullionRock had no hesitation in providing what it could to make David’s idea come to life and he should be rightly proud that his initiative gained such widespread recognition so quickly. Our island community – including charities, schools, the hospital and homes for the ill and aged – has benefitted greatly from Art for Guernsey, for which we owe David a debt of gratitude.”

BULLION ROCK

Sponsor

WORKSHOPS, MEDIA & Education

Olivia led a number of workshops and spoke to the local media whilst she was in Guernsey.

ENRICHING OUR ISLAND

OUR LEGACY

We have been working in the Bailiwick since 2016, bringing art exhibitions, events and creative activities of the highest standards of delivery and engagement to the community, from early education to care homes and everyone in between. We have reached not just our own community but far beyond our shores too. We always strive to inspire our community, innovate in our delivery, reach significant audiences and support future generations, combining creativity with impact.

Olivia Kemp Art for Guernsey

Remembering Yardeskie

Sally Ede-Golightly

Olivia Kemp Art for Guernsey

Literary Beards

Chris Riddell

Olivia Kemp Art for Guernsey

Moulin Huet in Oils

Dimitri Permiakov

Olivia Kemp Art for Guernsey

Double Window

Multiple Artists

Olivia Kemp Art for Guernsey

Guernsey in Oils

Dimitri Permiakov

Guernsey in Watercolour

Eugen Gorean

Olivia Kemp Art for Guernsey

The Renoir Walk

Installation Art

Olivia Kemp Art for Guernsey

Everyday Colour

Patrick Earle

Olivia Kemp Art for Guernsey

Sustainable Bailiwick

Multiple Artists

Olivia Kemp Art for Guernsey

On Deaf Ears

Clarice Greening

Pen & Ink Drawing

Olivia Kemp

Olivia Kemp Art for Guernsey

Invasion of the Wavelets

Charlie Buchanan

Olivia Kemp Art for Guernsey

A Renaissance of Victor Hugo

Daniel Hosego & Oleg Mikhailov

Olivia Kemp Art for Guernsey

Pioneering & Legacy

Frances Lemmon

Olivia Kemp Art for Guernsey

Transformation

Multiple Artists

Olivia Kemp Art for Guernsey

Through the Eyes of a Master

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Olivia Kemp Art for Guernsey

L's Olures

Charlie Buchanan

Olivia Kemp Art for Guernsey

Lenticular Printing

Jeon Nak