Mimi North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Hi! I'm Mimi, I am a multidisciplinary artist who specialises in large scale abstract paintings, digital portraiture, printmaking and photography. I run NI Studios based in York, North Yorkshire. My role at Ni Studios is creating all the artwork we sell in store or online, creating bespoke work and keeping a good rapport with our customers.
I recently completed a degree in Graphic Art which let me explore different avenues of creating. Being what I consider a multi-disciplinary artist, this was an integral topic for me to study; it gave me the freedom to explore different medias and become comfortable in different categories. I mainly focus on preferably large-scale paintings specifically of women, monoprints in the form of mainly typography and digital paintings relating to strict realism. I tend to focus my paintings specifically on women. I use the warmer side of the colour wheel, focusing mainly on deep and rich red, purple, and blue tones. I also explore replacing certain skin tones. My colour pallets reflect the warmth and protection that has been reflected through the women in my life; I have always felt comfortable and unjudged by this gender. I feel a lot of our lives are focused on accommodating men’s needs, wants, and desires. Even in terms of reclaiming sexuality or identity – I have seen time and time again, even throughout art, the focus a lot of the time is on men. My practice is innately cathartic and led by expressionism and my emotions. I believe all my work is a way of mark making and whilst of course a core approach planned out, almost instinctual in a sense. I rush to use colour pallets which surge an emotional connection, painting mainly with the primary colours as a base to create my pallet. I undoubtedly rely on art as a release; I see myself reflected through many of the women in my paintings. My monoprints are what I have coined ‘word vomit’, a form of spilling out my thoughts and feelings behind a barrier of creation. What I love about creating this form of work is that whilst it begins with myself, it doesn’t end there. It resonates with the viewers, and I have had countless experiences of being told how much relatability there is to my audience. The main connection I have within realism is receiving commissions to create art of a meaningful nature in their life. I recently completed a commission of a man’s late wife for his children, which I exhibited in June as it means so much to me and my practice.