Author: Rebecca Cox

Introducing: Victoria Horkan

We sit down with new artist Victoria Horkan to discuss her life as an artist and learn more about her work. 

AR: What is the meaning behind this new work/collection?


As a child I was always blown away by films that used imagination and playful engaging scenes that would transport you to another world. I love taking nature, distorting what we know to be true, and bringing the viewer in closer to work out what’s happening. I want you to be in the work with me. I want you to feel that joy and wonderment that takes us back to our childhood. A flicker of a butterfly wing created by a movement in the paint, a discovery of a small element that can bring so much to the surface. 

Introducing: Victoria Horkan | Image

 

AR: What was the influence / inspiration behind the work/collection?


My butterfly pieces are inspired by people too. I am trying to capture their personality and what makes them unique: their spirit, their vivacious way, their presence in the world. I believe butterflies are a sign of strength but with a sense of fragility and playfulness. It’s conveying that element of power I am intrigued by. The scale of my work means I am taking something that is typically small and delicate and giving it a presence and a sense of power. Sometimes we feel small, our inadequacies are exposed and we can relate to that notion. I am trying to explore that ideal, open our wings and be who we are. 


AR: Why was this something you wanted to work on?


I think you have to work on things that excite me, and challenge me at the same time. I find colour is a huge inspiration to create wonderment and awe. 


AR: Do you see this work as part of a collection or a departure from your usual style?


I think it’s a collection for sure, I create pieces that tell a story but one that’s always evolving and helps shape the direction for the next piece. 

Introducing: Victoria Horkan | Image

 

AR: Have you developed your style to create this piece?


My style has changed over the years and I think that’s an important part of the story for any artist. It’s an organic process, it just happens and that’s how it should be, I believe


AR: Describe your work in three words.


Colourful, Uplifting, Happy


AR: What does a typical day look like for you?

 

Lots of coffee to start the day! I go straight into the studio, hopefully it’s warm in there then I know I am going to have a good day! I choose some music to listen to while I am painting and turn it up loud. I’ve been known to have a dance, I think it helps the painting process. Art, music, dancing - they come hand in hand, I just hope no one can see me! I get immersed in a myriad of oil paints (all with no lids on...) and sink into the colour. My day ends usually with blue oil paint in my hair and my brain bursting with more ideas for the next day. If only I had time to paint all the things I think of...

 

Introducing: Victoria Horkan | Image

 

AR: What is your workspace set up like? 

 

I’m in a large studio space in my back garden at home - It’s an old converted garage. When we went to view the house I thought I would be painting in the conservatory, but we discovered a massive double garage at the bottom of the garden and converted it into a studio space. It’s perfect. It’s great for showing my art and working in there too. I’m messy so there must be over 100 tubes of oil paints on my desk where I stand at an easel and paint all day. I work really hard but being on your own all day is challenging. Luckily I’ve got two dogs who make me laugh every day. I don’t use technology in there at all to assist my painting. I think painting comes from the heart, I’m old school.

 

To check out Victoria Horkan's full collection, click here!

art to arrive by christmas

£300

55 x 70cm

Zoe Moss £150

Just Wanna Be Loved

29.7 x 42 cm

£150

29.7 x 42 cm

Falling Bears Artwork by Rhys Brown
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Falling Bears

70 x 47cm

£450

70 x 47cm

Cherries

42 x 59.4cm

£200

42 x 59.4cm

CMY Bob

60 x 84cm

£159

60 x 84cm

£35

15 x 15 cm

Odi Et Amo - Small

30 x 30cm

£125

30 x 30cm

Lose Yourself - Blue

29.7 x 42 cm

£85

29.7 x 42 cm

Future Penguin

35 x 50cm

£150

35 x 50cm

Shuby £45

Love Banana

42 x 29.7cm

£45

42 x 29.7cm

Masterpiece Plus Art Print by Remi Rough
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Masterpiece Plus

42 x 29.7cm

£190

42 x 29.7cm

Love's a game
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Love's a game

50 x 50cm

£150

50 x 50cm

Not My First Rodeo (11th Edition) Art Print by Babak Ganjei
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£135

50 x 70cm

£150

50 x 70cm

BALLOON DOG 7 Art Print by VeeBee
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VeeBee £270

BALLOON DOG 7

21 x 29.7cm

£270

21 x 29.7cm

Tom Lewis £125

Stag

30 x 30 cm

£125

30 x 30 cm

Choco Happy Dog

12 x 6 x 12cm

£300

12 x 6 x 12cm

£48

6 x 10 cm

RYCA £80

Blowing A Kiss

12 x 12cm

£80

12 x 12cm

United Colour of London Art Print by Jayson Lilley
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£195

31 x 24cm

Rise no.1 Art Print by Lisa Lloyd
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Rise no.1

60 x 60cm

£150

60 x 60cm

£220

59 x 70.5cm

Canary

40 x 50cm

£150

40 x 50cm

£50

50 x 70cm

Gorilla - Pink Foil

42 x 59.4cm

£195

42 x 59.4cm

Love is the Drug - Pink Diamond Dust, 2020 Art Print by Ryan Callanan
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£200

60 x 60cm

Twilight

32.x 44cm

£65

32.x 44cm

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