Acrylic and oil pastels on paper

About the Artist

I am a mixed media artist predominantly using acrylic and oil pastels in a sgraffito style, at times, using collage.

​I work on paper because I prefer its smooth surface which feels more suited to manipulation. I also like that it is very accessible.

​My work is often textured with bold , sometimes garish colours. This can appear to contrast with the subject matter, which at times can be emotionally challenging and difficult.

​Most of my works display themes of resilience, connection, breakdown, recovery and power.

​I am particularly interested in expressing vulnerability, in-visibility and perceived beauty and imperfections. My work is often layered, revealing and concealing.

​I am inspired by  Henri Rousseau, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Tracey Emin, L.S Lowry, Banksy, Picasso, Yayoi Kusama, The Stuckists, Art Brut,  Street art and other marginalised artists and groups.

​I also love winter trees, chickens, gardening, bicycles, sunshine and art shops!

Instagram: paula_de_sousa_art
Twitter: @pauladesousaart

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