British painter Orlanda Broom paints lush and colourful landscapes that represent a fantastical, re-imagined place. She portrays a hyper intense and in some sense a rose-tinted view of the natural world, a place and time untouched by man. The paintings created for Finding Paradise are made with layers of resin that builds up a smooth glass-like surface. She has then used oils in the final stages of the work to create the interesting contrast of areas of high gloss and matte paint that breaks up the surface
Gemma Billington born in Killorglin, Co. Kerry, is stylistically influenced by the works of Turner, Jack B. Yeats, and Matisse, though she admits that her primary influence is the ever-changing patterns of nature, and the timelessness of this subject. In her Eternity series exhibited for Finding Paradise, Gemma is exploring the eternity of nature through the subject of the flower. She steers away from traditional techniques, using vibrant colours and raw brushstrokes, applying her paint, almost like a dance, to the canvas.
Ylva Kunze is a Swedish born artist, now living and working in London. The paintings featured in Finding Parasise are based on the woods in Småland, Sweden. Ylva is fascinated by the magic and the beauty of the raw and untouched forest, and the reflection in the many lakes. She explores the tension between the opposites – positive and negative, dark and light, stillness and speed, artificial and natural, and in the painting process, chance and control.
Finding Paradise exhibits an analysis of the raw and natural beauty that can be found in the world which surrounds us.