Grace Olivia (Mar. 2021)

Artist Bio

I’m an artist and through my work I celebrate bodies of all shapes and sizes, trying to spread body positivity as much as I can. I use a range of mediums from acrylic paint to pencil to digital drawing, depending on the subject matter and the inspiration behind a particular piece. Animals are also my greatest love; a passion reflected in her Dogs and Beasts series, in which she experiments with different styles and mediums to create expressive portraits of various representatives of both the domestic and wild animal kingdom.

I love to travel and spent three years studying in Paris. My work is therefore influenced by the dreamy French artistry, absorbed during long afternoons at the Musée d’Orsay or L’Orangérie, as well as by the vibrant colours of the medinas in Morocco and the tranquil tones of Zanzibar beaches.

Art was mostly just a hobby until I lost my job due to Covid. Since then, art has become my full time job and I’m so grateful to have the time to dedicate to it. Through my work I explore the curves of the body, accentuating particular features through bold lines and colour in a style reminiscent of Nicky de Saint Phalle’s Nanas sculptures and Picasso’s 1932 depictions of the female nude.

Since studying, drawing and painting bodies of all shapes and sizes, I’ve discovered how many different lines we all have and the importance of showing the beauty of them all through my work. I hope to remind people that their lines are normal and don’t need to be adapted to society’s expectations; we are all different sizes, and all equally as beautiful.