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. 

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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...


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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!


Wobbly by Erwin Wurm
Wobbly £7,650
Ivy Mike by Robert Longo
Ivy Mike £14,280

Robert Longo


Limited edition of 15

Forest of Doxa by Robert Longo
Balloon Animals I Matching Set by Jeff Koons
Balloon Animals I Matching Set £45,900

Jeff Koons


Limited edition of 999

Diamond (Blue) by Jeff Koons
"Coca Cola" Glass Vase £4,250

Ai Weiwei


Limited edition of 300

Mel Ferrer's Nightmare (Grey With Flowers) by Pure Evil
Mel Ferrer's Nightmare (Grey With Flowers) £1,500

Pure Evil


Limited edition of AP

The Wild Swim from £120

Oli Mumby

Various sizes

Off You Pop by Louise Nordh
Off You Pop £95

Louise Nordh

35 x 35cm

Limited edition of 30

Moving Forms by Mr Penfold
Moving Forms £165

Mr Penfold

26 x 30cm

Limited edition of 15

Inside Mickey's Heart from £150

Angel London

Various sizes

Navy Boy £175

Charlie Evaristo-Boyce

50 x 70cm

Limited edition of 25

I Will Bite from £135

Mathilda Mai

Various sizes

Italian Summer by SODA
Italian Summer £125


42 x 29.7cm

Limited edition of 40

Let's Get It On £595

Linda Charles

56 x 76cm

Limited edition of 45

Wash the Blues Away by Charlie Haydn Taylor
Wash the Blues Away from £150

Charlie Haydn Taylor

Various sizes

Inhale £175

Joe Webb

50 x 70cm

Limited edition of 30

Roarsome - Green by And Wot
Roarsome - Green £195

And Wot

50 x 70cm

Limited edition of 2

Fresh £200

Hannah Adamaszek

60 x 75.5cm

Limited edition of 15

Destroy the Patriarchy Not the Planet (Mini) £400

Hannah Shillito

27.9 x 21cm

Limited edition of 20

Scratchin' Cats (Blue) £150

The Cameron Twins

33 x 36cm

Limited edition of 20

Fast Dog £95

Gavin Dobson

50 x 70cm

Limited edition of 100

In The Sky With Stars £195

Charlie Evaristo-Boyce

70 x 100cm

Limited edition of 16

Gamebuoy by Nick Chaffe
Gamebuoy £100

Nick Chaffe

29.7 x 42cm

Limited edition of 50

Seascape W £300

Newton Blades

50 x 30cm

Limited edition of 100