MIRIAM ESCOFET

Artist statement:

 

My work has evolved over the years through many themes and ideas, including still life, architecture and perspective, allegory, imaginary composition and most recently portraiture. But the unifying passion in all my paintings is describing a sense of space, volume, atmosphere and detail, arriving at a kind of hyper real expression of the subject matter. I am very interested in making, process and technique. My work is classically inspired and the journey to a painting can be very multi-disciplinary, often involving the construction of props, dioramas or elaborate maquettes, and the use of complex perspective.

I paint mainly in oils, although I do explore other media. My technique is extremely detailed, applying many layers and glazes to achieve a sense of space and mood. An oil painting can take months to finish. I keep working at a piece until I feel that I have arrived at an expression of palpable space and mood. I look at paintings as portals - worlds one can visually step into and be transported and sometimes even transformed by. I believe the primary function of art is to trigger a moment of transcendence in the viewer, in short to fill one with wonder.

I am currently most involved with exploring the possibilities of portraiture and have just been awarded the 1st Prize at the BP Portrait Award 2018. My work has been exhibited widely in London and Europe, including many solo exhibitions.

Press

Manic Botanic Exhibition Catalog