We caught up with artist Zoe Baysting at the recent Love Your Home Show in Belfast to find out more about the special talent she has.
“Zoe Baysting is a Northern Irish impressionist artist. She approaches her artwork from an emotional and aesthetic point of view and focuses on how a painting can positively affect the theme and atmosphere of a room. Zoe’s art is about layers and textures as well as keeping it light-hearted and seemingly airy. Her inspirations come from the impressionist greats such as Monet, Turner and Twombly, however, she adds that absolutely anything can inspire her. ‘Anything can be translated and poured onto canvas,’ she explains. ‘I can get inspiration from the simplest of things, from generally aesthetic elements in nature such as the colouring of peonies, to beautifully written quotes and phrases. For example, Hemingway’s, “When spring came, even the false spring there were no problems except where to be happiest.”’
“The great thing about shows like this is the accessibility for everyone. For artists I think it helps dissolve the idea of an elitist art world. It allows work like mine to be shown in a relaxed and approachable way for the purpose it is intended which is the way art should be.”
Q: What makes your product unique?
A: Every one of my paintings is unique. The beauty of original works is the fact that there is no two the same.
I also think I’m quite lucky in that I love to work on large scale paintings, they may not be the easiest to show or transport (haha) but they are a tad more of a rarity in the market. Due to their size and boldness they tend to be stand out pieces. Some people have a ‘feature wall’, my work allows for a feature painting!
Q: What inspires you as an artist/maker?
A: I’m inspired by the great impressionist painters such as Monet and Twombly but I’m also inspired by how our home and the environment we live in impacts how we feel. How something so subtle can have such a big impact. I’m very much into interiors and I think it plays a role in why I ever started painting professionally, especially on the larger scale.
My work tends to bring the simplistic aesthetics of nature indoors to where we spend the majority of our time. I keep my momentum in the belief that something I’ve created might have a positive effect on someone else’s living environment, no matter how small.
Q: How did you get started?
A: I started in Scotland whilst at University studying economics. I had a hard time financially and started painting pop art works for trendy salons and boutiques. However it wasn’t until I moved back to N.Ireland that I began painting where my heart is at – Impressionism!
Q: Why do you think it’s important to keep local?
A: I think supporting local talent is immensely important, both economically and intrinsically. Culture is the place it’s made. Supporting small and creative independents is what pushes back against uniformity and helps preserve a sense of identity. It’s so easy with world markets to forget the importance of our own little identity.
Q: What motto do you live/work by?
A: I’ve carried a Hemingway quote mentally with me for as long as I can remember and it’s very much intertwined into my art…
“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.”
Visit www.zoebaysting.com to see a full gallery of her work.