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Fine Art Embroidery Paintings

by Kelly Jenkins MA RCA

An abrupt moment in time, of energy and of chance are captured in the characteristics of what appears to be splattered paint. However look closer and this contradicts with the carefully and cunningly planned, labour intensive act of embroidery with which the paint has been created, juxtaposing notions of the intentional and accidental, the controlled and the spontaneous, the premeditated and the impulsive.

I enjoy playing with bold colour, linear forms and texture. The process of fast loose and spontaneous mark making combined with controlled and carefully executed acts of defacement with stitch. The layering of different mediums are key to my work, parts are hidden or revealed, pushed back or brought to the surface, they reflect the hidden and overlooked aspects of contemporary life, making way for the recognition of the precarious balance of society. Expressed through a dark and slightly anarchic sense of humour my work touches upon feminist issues and the fashionability of craft and textile art. These concerns are explored and translated through the use of stitching into oils and acrylics on canvas.

Defacing the painting with stitch, an activity normally perceived as a gentle, passive and even benign pastime, aims to elevate the embroidery as the dominant foreground force, pushing the traditionally painted composition to the submissive background; a power-shift visualization of the status and voice of female artists and textile art within the world of fine art.


Everything Now -Dripping In It Series  . 2019. ©  110cm x 75cm x 4cm.  Fine gold embroidery stitched directly into acrylics, oils and spray paint on canvas.  Available For Purchase

Everything Now -Dripping In It Series. 2019. ©

110cm x 75cm x 4cm.

Fine gold embroidery stitched directly into acrylics, oils and spray paint on canvas.

Available For Purchase

It Comes To Everyone.   2019. ©  100cm x 70cm x 4cm. Dripping In It Series.  Fine gold embroidery stitched directly into acrylics, oils and spray paint on canvas.  Available For Purchase

It Comes To Everyone. 2019. ©

100cm x 70cm x 4cm. Dripping In It Series.

Fine gold embroidery stitched directly into acrylics, oils and spray paint on canvas.

Available For Purchase

SOLD.  Dripping In It #1 . 2018. ©  75cm x 110cm x 4cm.   Acrylics, mixed media and gold embroidery, stitched directly into the painting.

SOLD. Dripping In It #1. 2018. ©

75cm x 110cm x 4cm.

Acrylics, mixed media and gold embroidery, stitched directly into the painting.

Dripping In It Series - Wanderlust.  2018. ©  100cm x 100cm. Acrylics, mixed media and gold embroidery stitched directly into the canvas.  Available for purchase.

Dripping In It Series - Wanderlust. 2018. ©

100cm x 100cm. Acrylics, mixed media and gold embroidery stitched directly into the canvas.

Available for purchase.

SOLD .    Opps A Daisy  .  33.5 H x 47.2 W x 1.4 in . Black machine embroidery stitched into oil and acrylics on canvas. 2015. ©

SOLD. Opps A Daisy. 33.5 H x 47.2 W x 1.4 in . Black machine embroidery stitched into oil and acrylics on canvas. 2015. ©

SOLD.   Superatus  . 39.4 H x 21.7 W x 1.2 in . Neon yellow machine embroidery stitched into oil and acrylics on canvas. 2015. ©

SOLD. Superatus. 39.4 H x 21.7 W x 1.2 in . Neon yellow machine embroidery stitched into oil and acrylics on canvas. 2015. ©

SOLD.   Dripping In It  . Metallic Gold thread machine embroidered into oil and acrylics on canvas. 2015. ©

SOLD. Dripping In It. Metallic Gold thread machine embroidered into oil and acrylics on canvas. 2015. ©

FOR SALE .    Fusillade  . 50cm x 50cm. Neon orange thread machine embroidered into oil and acrylics on canvas. 2015. ©

FOR SALE. Fusillade. 50cm x 50cm. Neon orange thread machine embroidered into oil and acrylics on canvas. 2015. ©

FOR SALE.   Rhapsody   .  55cm x 55cm. Neon red thread machine embroidered into oil and acrylics on canvas. 2015. ©

FOR SALE. Rhapsody. 55cm x 55cm. Neon red thread machine embroidered into oil and acrylics on canvas. 2015. ©

SOLD,   Euphoria   .  Black cotton embroidery into acrylics on canvas. 45cm x 45cm. 2015. ©

SOLD, Euphoria. Black cotton embroidery into acrylics on canvas. 45cm x 45cm. 2015. ©

SOLD.   Fortuitous .  60cm x 50cm. Neon red thread machine embroidered into oil and acrylics on canvas. 2015. ©

SOLD. Fortuitous. 60cm x 50cm. Neon red thread machine embroidered into oil and acrylics on canvas. 2015. ©