Sepideh Ilsley is a self taught contemporary artist, inspired by simplicity and imperfection. She is Persian, born in 1980 in Shiraz, Iran, but grew up in Sweden. After spending a number of years travelling and living all over the world she is now based with her family in Noosa, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.
Creativity and art has always been a part of her life. After many years working as an Art Director and Graphic Designer, but not feeling fulfilled, she ventured into the world of fine art, and is now working as a contemporary painter. She loves working with Imperfections and always goes where the painting and brush take her, making bold sculptural shapes, changing, re-layering, re-making, re-working. Often it is that misstep that makes the entire piece come together, as if the painting has its own will.
Using a language of shapes she want to encourage the viewer to allow the work to recall a memory, an event or a thought previously experienced and provide time to contemplate and celebrate that moment.
Sepideh's work has been included in public collections and acquired by a wide range of private collectors from across the globe, including from Singapore, Hong Kong, India, United Kingdom, Sweden, Canada, Australia and the United States.
My work is a pure expression of my being, my thoughts, ideas, feelings, memories, experiences, past and future. Where the process is as important to me as the finished piece, as well as the naming process. All there to tell a story, driven by my passion for simplicity and imperfection.
I work mainly with abstractions, digitally drawn and painted by hand on the floor, painting from all sides and angles, where I am literally inside the space of the painting. I go with where the painting and brush takes me. It is such a meditative state and once I immerse myself in my work I lose myself to it and let go. The pieces of art often start as digital sketches and then get painted on Belgian linen. It is like working backwards; going from something accurate and precise to
something organic and imperfect.
I see my practice as a journey of expression and exploration. My often sculptural shapes are like poetry to me. Snapshots of moments in time. I wish to evoke emotion with these lyrical pieces. I imagine how the audience can see their own story in the paintings, and that the names of the pieces can work as a trigger for the imagination of the viewer to interpret and read their own story into the works. I care every minute that people are inspired and moved by what I am asking them to look at. I want to allow for emotion, thought and a physical experience.
My pieces often take a very long time to sketch, as I spend time stripping them back until only the essence of the piece remains. The initial part of my practice, when I sketch is very similar to the way an expressionist works. In fact, I see myself as an expressionist. Working with broad, emotive strokes that pour out of you unconsciously, and continuously until you have finished what you have to say.
The second part of my practice, whilst painting the pieces is quite controlled and craft driven. To get the proportions and edges right, layering the piece until I have the depth I need. It’s laborious and incredibly cathartic.
2021 Group exhibition, L & G Projects Contemporary Art, United States 6th March
2020 Group exhibition, L & G Projects Contemporary Art, United States 16th November
2020 'Shift' Virtual Group Exhibition , Studio Gallery Group, Australia September 3rd
2020 Armadale winter Group Exhibition, Studio Gallery Group - Armadale, Australia July
2020 Cheltenham winter Group Exhibition, Studio Gallery Group - Cheltenham, Australia July
2020 Sydney Opening Exhibition, Studio Gallery Group - Waterloo, Australia 13th February
2020 Armadale Group Exhibition, Studio Gallery Group - Armadale, Australia 13th February
2020 Cheltenham Group Exhibition, Studio Gallery Group - Cheltenham, 13th February
2019 Spring Group Exhibition, Studio Gallery Melbourne - Cheltenham, 26th September
2019 Winter Group Exhibition, Studio Gallery Melbourne - Cheltenham, 5th July