Jemma Craig 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Jemma Craig

Household paint on cotton canvas

80 x 100 cm

Jemma Craig

Household paint on cotton canvas

80 x 100 cm

Jemma Craig

Household paint on cotton canvas

80 x 100 cm

About the artist

Jemma Craig is an Edinburgh-based abstract artist who creates bespoke, original paintings to match your home’s interior.

Statement

Paintings have this extraordinary ability to transform not only our homes, but our moods too. They anchor the spaces we occupy, providing a comforting familiarly each time our eyes meet them. I began painting to replicate this visceral experience at home.

I often struggled to find art that suited my home’s interior design scheme. I began working with water-based, household paint in order to colour-match my paintings to the spaces my artwork would hang. I quickly fell in love with the medium. Not to mention the abundance of ready-mixed shades, water-based household has a wonderful viscosity that can be used as-is or diluted further to grant freer forms of expression.

I like to use two or three key colours in my paintings. In addition to these colours, I often use a range of complimentary shades to help accentuate them even more. I wholeheartedly understand colour’s role in delivering impact and creating resonance; it has the power to provide a calming presence, but can equally fill a room with the most vibrant, vivacious energy.

Such effects are also supported through the application of paint—from blobs and splatters, I spread and drag paint across the canvas to create a web of controlled and fluid marks. My gesture is intuitive and intentional.

My paintings are complete when I feel like there’s nothing else for me to add. I create my paintings in layers, which I add to over a few weeks. I often start with a paintbrush, but that’s soon replaced by palette knives and anything else I can get my hands on. I love the texture afforded by a mismatch of different instruments—soft, feather-like dabs of a paintbrush contrast beautifully with the regimented strokes of colour created by a knife’s edge.