Kirsten is inspired by ‘collections’ of treasured objects and their remembered or imagined histories. Each piece has a subtle narrative, whish she creates by collaging vintage envelopes, stamps, dictionary text and maps, evoking memories of the places objects were found or bought.
Kirsten paints over the richly layered surface using gesso, inks and washes of acrylic paint.
Recent works include The Garden paintings where tall flowers and plants are combined with garden text and the ‘Collected Treasures’ series where antique crockery studies are overlaid on fragments of 1937 mystery stories about a treasure hunt and a lost Chinese vase.
Kirsten was born in Hartlepool in 1968 and grew up on the island of Jersey before gaining a B.A. Hons Fine Art Degree in Newcastle Upon Tyne. She travelled throughout the world, to places such as China, Malaysia, Australia and Europe before pursuing a career in Art and eventually becoming a full time painter.
In 2004 Kirsten opened Barn Acre Gallery where she holds biannual exhibitions, showing her prints and paintings often along with up to 50 invited artists.
Kirsten’s Cups 1 and Cups 2 were inspired by a cafe called Pinky Murphy’s in Fowey, Cornwall (where she believes they do the best scrambled eggs!). The cafe is beautifully decorated and none of the chairs, cups or teapots match. Kirsten borrowed a few of their cups and made two paintings which she hoped captured the essence of the many eclectic, slightly bonkers, cafes to be found in Cornwall.
Kirsten keeps comedy chickens and continues her quest for the perfect found object, moment, vintage frock, pair of shoes.. the list goes on! Heart Gallery stocks Kirsten’s framed limited editions, limited edition prints and greetings cards and you can also order from her extensive catalogue and, where still available, buy her originals.