Aby Floyd lives and works in London. She studied Fine Art Painting at Wimbledon Collage of Arts, UAL. Her work is primarily oil painting but always includes textiles elements and various embellishments. She is an emerging artist who has sold internationally and exhibited in the UK.
My practice indulges in the liberation of the imagination and draws inspiration from poetry and fairy tales, human obsession with collection and curation, the Pre-Raphaelites and the gaudy, psychedelic qualities we can find in nature. There is also a thread of horror vacui (Latin for the fear of empty space), which is emulated in each piece. The subject matter of my work permeates and congests each surface leaving little space for the works to breath. This aids their lavish and gluttonous over-ripe qualities creating decadent undertones in contrast to the alluring objects and creatures.
Although I work predominately with oils the use of materiality breathes life into the painting’s narratives. Textiles, embroidery, light-altering mediums, glitter, crystals, gold leaf and texture embellish the vibrant and exuberant oil paintings making them sparkle and shimmer from different angles. They invite the viewer to look closer to discover details and immerse in their playfulness. It is a reflection of our innate seduction by the luscious and exquisite. Our magpie instincts.
The iridescence and almost grotesque richness that embodies the work
exaggerates and twists the real world into a fictional, fantastical form of escapism.