Sohaniee Jean McCullough is a London based artist. Most of her work focuses on the beauty of nature and the impact of the outdoor experience on our senses.
After graduating from Roehampton University, London, she worked in commercial print, developing her design practice by formulating packaging and product design ideas using colour palettes for marketing high street fashion products.
Whilst living abroad in Mumbai and Dubai, Sohaniee pursued Art by sketching her own surface patterns, inspired by traditional Indian designs. These formed the production of a series of printed paper products drawing on research and her extensive travel across Southern India.
After completing a 2nd degree in Psychology, and a teacher training programme at Brunel, London, and whilst bringing up a young family, Sohaniee taught Design to senior children. She also made Art a key focus while teaching primary aged children in London.
With a new career direction, Sohaniee now concentrates on producing original artwork at her new studio.
My artworks are mainly a representation of our engagement with the natural world. Childhood memories are remodelled to form a series of studies about how the outside world influences us.
I am guided by themes that encapsulates emotions, feelings, communication, exploration and adventure. You have a sense of connectedness as you journey through each piece. As a young person growing up in London, adventures were an opportunity for the construction and deconstruction of boundaries, shaping newly formed order through freedom and action.
In my work, I like the style of repeat mark making, I believe that simple designs are beautiful and should be pursued. The use of outlining to make sections more pronounced draws the viewer’s eye to specific notions. Also by using different materials such as in the use of collage work, this highlights a richer aesthetic where colour in distant spaces can be drawn together. Likewise this blends beautifully with the use of layers and texture that builds opacity and depth of colour.
Art is a journey that I want you to take, which uses a narrative that complements colour and explorative painting techniques.