Orlanda Broom’s main painting practice takes two distinct forms; lush, exotic landscapes and abstract pieces. These two bodies of work are connected by a strong sense of colour, references to organic forms as well as an exploration of the medium. The abstract paintings are created through a process that involves no intervention with tools or brushes, just the flow and manipulation of the paint on the canvas. There is an immediacy and freshness borne out of this way of working which is complementary to the layered aspect of her landscape paintings. Her landscapes represent fantastical, re-imagined places, which in some sense are a rose-tinted view of the natural world. The joyousness of the surface is tempered by an uneasy sense of abandonment, a place untouched and timelessness, but a paradise that would ultimately ensnare. Man’s encroachment of the wilderness and its fragility is a concurrent theme.
Orlanda has been working as an artist since graduating in 1997. After returning to UK from living aboard ten years ago, she started working full-time from her London studio. She has recently moved from London and is now based in Hampshire. Large-scale commissions have included the lobby piece for the recently opened Four Seasons in downtown New York, a 4 x 4m centrepiece as well as a large abstract for the Mandarin Oriental in London. Orlanda’s paintings have been highlighted in a Money Week article about highly investible art.
2017 RWA Open (open call), RWA, Bristol 2017 Solo Exhibition, Stephanie Hoppen Gallery, London Long & Ryle, London 2016 Beauty is the Garden, Mall Galleries London 2015 London Group Open, Cello Factory, London 2015 Finding Paradise (3 person show), Lacey Gallery, London 2015 Summer Salon, Angus-Hughes Gallery, London Griffin Gallery, London 2015 Exhibition of Paintings (solo, The Contemporary London 2015 Collection of Small Paintings, The Contemporary London 2014 Inaugural Exhibition, The Contemporary London 2014 The Lost Traces of Somewhere (solo), Jealous Gallery, London 2014 Obsession; Love, Ritual, Collection, Embassy Tea Gallery, London 2014 Diamond Bullet (3 person show, James Freeman Gallery, London 2013 Paintings from a Small Island (solo), Franschhoek, South Africa 2013 Traces and Trails, (solo), Stephanie Hoppen, London 2013 Debut Show (solo), Sibman Gallery, Paris 2012 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London
2012 Inland Islands (solo), Stephanie Hoppen Gallery 2012 London Art Fair, Stephanie Hoppen Gallery 2011 New Paintings (solo), Stephanie Hoppen Gallery 2011 Spring Show, Stephanie Hoppen Gallery 2010 Chance to Shine (2 person show), Edgar Modern, Bath 2009 ArtWorks Open, Barbican Arts Group Trust, London
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