Artist: Sian Storey
Edition size: Original
Medium: Acrylic and spray paint on canvas
Total dimensions: 35.25" x 39.5" inches (90cm x 100cm), unframed box canvas, ready to hang on a strong nail
‘Akihabara Lights' is a striking original hummingbird painting by British artist Sian Storey, and part of an ongoing series of paintings inspired by the beauty of Japan.
Japan’s beauty is a constant source of inspiration for Sian. The title ‘Akihabara Lights' refers to the the intoxicating buzz of Tokyo's 'electric town' district, famous for its neon and luminous lights. The vibrant colours have exciting energy charged with life and effervescence.
Sian is also inspired by the beauty and movement of hummingbirds, and this painting continues Sian's fascination with them.
Sian Storey is a versatile, multi-skilled artist, who specialises in painting and graduated with a First Class BA Hons degree in Fine Art in 2005.
Her work has been exhibited all over the globe - hanging on walls in New York City, Berlin, Bilbao, Bahrain, Melbourne and Canada. Sian’s work has featured in the Independent on Sunday newspaper, The Metro newspaper, as well as the BBC website, the Telegraph website, and the Time Out London blog. In 2014, Sian’s work for Transport for London was exhibited in Trafalgar Square and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, home of the 2012 London games.
Sian Storey in her own words:
“My work sits somewhere between fact and fiction. The fact part is painting recognisable things: birds, animals and women. The fiction part is vibrant colour, spray paint mists, pattern, blossoms, brush marks and the layers of a painting. This process is deliberate as I’m really drawn to mythology and folklore. I love stories where the people and characters are familiar but their experiences are dreamlike and ethereal. I like imagination.
I work from found images, and am particularly drawn to colour, pattern and beautiful pictures. I keep scrapbooks of images that I have collected and reference them in my paintings. I love to travel, and this inspires my work. In 2014 I travelled to Japan, and have been referencing it in a lot of my work ever since.
My tools vary depending on the type of image I’m making, so I guess I’m a mixed media artist. Although, my favourite tools are a spray can and a paintbrush, and sometimes I use cardboard cut into strips that I use to drag paint onto a canvas.
I love the palette of blue as it reminds me of the sea where I grew up.”