Ottelien Huckin is a Bath and London based artist. She graduated with a degree in Fine Art: Painting from the Edinburgh College of Art. She also holds a diploma from The Sotheby’s Institute: Foundations of Western History of Art.
Responding to Oscar Wilde’s adaptation of ‘Salomé’, the artist attempts to comprehend the role of ‘woman’ in both the biblical and contemporary society. A strong and virile presence in the realm of Man, Salomé is consequently destroyed; her independent and passionate form of femininity banished from this world. Inspired by Wilde’s words, the artist constructs relevant visual narratives from focal language to overarching themes.
The paintings, unified in a vision of blue, draw close to Salomé’s pre-emptive declarations of love, obsession and urgent longings for the mysterious prisoner; a pure and ardent dream before Salomé’s final dance to an unrepentant end. Ottelien’s bold and expressive figurative compositions are deep-rooted in the traditional practice of life drawing; allowing her to work from sketches and intuition.
Ottelien was a finalist for The Signature Art Prize 2019, showing her work at Bankside Hotel and Trinity Art Gallery, London. Represented by Degree Art by Artellite, her works have been displayed at the Henley Festival, New York Affordable Art Fair and most recently the Battersea Affordable Art Fair 2019.
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