ABOUT

LORRAINE MOLINS
Lorraine is a London artist who trained at Chelsea School of Art (B.A Hons) and Goldsmiths College (post graduate ATC), University of London. She works from her studio, Acava Studios in Acton, London, W3.
An Arts Council Award winner, and one of the original Wapping artists, Lorraine has exhibited widely in London, Paris and Melbourne. Her work is in private collections and public spaces. She has also executed numerous commissions, for private buyers and for corporate spaces.

Lorraine’s paintings are vibrant, colourful, abstract with figurative references and are highly reflective of a modern environment. Her brilliant use of colour and shape, line and movement, the feeling of advancing and receding, light and dark, warmth and cold, jumping in and out of space, all evoke an array of human experience. Sweeping gestural marks and bold colour are her signature. Titles are also important to give the viewer a route into her world. Her experience of living in Melbourne for a year gave her an added insight into landscape and space.

As a London artist, scale and architecture, have influenced her work, giving the feeling of being small against a sea of colour. Recent work has been inspired by the colours and lines of landscape, buildings, weather, motorways, moving people, trees and sea. Paintings can start with just a colour as an inspiration, whether totally abstract or suggestive of a real world, and then line and space play off each other to form a dramatic piece. Certain motifs crop up, such as the bending shape – like a simplified human form or a bent branch of a tree.

Equally important is the way our eyes move across the canvas, consequently Lorraine works on sequential paintings - the diptychs, triptychs, and quadriptychs, suggest looking through one window to another. As with commissioned work, Lorraine is inspired by the specific space, using colour and movement suggested by that particular environment.

Lorraine's early paintings were figurative, of portraits and people in situations, which then developed into abstraction. Her inspirations were Lautrec. Matisse, Abstract Expressionists & the American colour field artists.

Lorraine has also worked both as an actress, and jazz singer, having written shows and performed live many times. She describes her paintings like sitting in front of a large cinema screen, or experiencing the visual excitement of theatrical lighting. Music has also played a part with marks suggesting the feeling of loudness and softness, the highs and lows and the rhythm of music.