About Jess Albert
I studied Fine Art & Printmaking at Central St Martin’s and acquired a First Class BA Hons degree. From there I worked as a scenic painter for film and then specialised in decorative paint effects, murals and gilding and now working for a restoration company in many buildings across London. You can see work on www.jessalbert.weebly.com
In recent years, I have returned to fine art and produced a series of insect illustrations, paintings and digital (glicee) prints.
My obsession with insects started when I was a child taking long walks with my dad in North London and Cornwall. His interest in animals rubbed off on me and lead me to become fascinated with the infinite variations of species especially in insects.
My work is about the beautiful and the grotesque, mixing the scary with the stunning. My hybrid insects are made up of many different parts. This could be, say, a wasp’s abdomen, moth wings or beetle pincers. The work draws you in with the beauty of a butterfly only to discover it has spider’s legs, so may challenge a few phobias and create unease! Some work contains foliage, lichen or fungus, thereby forming a medley of nature’s wonders. Recently I’ve been drawing on my craft of gilding and marbling so combining the inert with the living - a real mix of nature’s beauty.
I have exhibited at the Talented Art Fair and New Artist Fair at the Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, Etsy Local Market, Handmade in Highgate,Handmade at Kew 2017, Highgate Fair in the Square and markets and pop ups for Muswell Hill Creatives, the designer maker collective of which I am a member.
Her work has been displayed at Chris Kitch in Muswell Hill.
Galleries, Waterloo Square Gallery, East Sussex
Artichoke Gallery, Sussex
For upcoming dates, see News & Events.
Short film about Jess Albert
Muswell Hill Creatives Spring Market 2019
Saturday 23rd March 10.30-5.30, St James's Square Muswell Hill, London
Local Makers Market at Abney Hall, Stoke Newington on Saturday the 22nd of June 2019