Featured Artist – Petra Lea
Petra Lea is a professional artist based in the UK and features in international publications and galleries.
Based at The Electric Picture House Artists Cooperative in Cheshire. She exhibits throughout the UK and USA including New York, London and Oxford. Her artworks are housed in collections in the UK and USA. She has also had her artwork published in magazines, including Rapsodia Independant Literary Review based in Italy and Capitol No in Switzerland.
She is a member of Collagistes Collective, an international group of collage artists. She is represented by The August Agency in New York and the Artbank in China.
Petra Lea participates in an average of ten exhibitions per year, these include group and solo exhibitions.
Petra’s artwork mainly consists of paintings and collages which often depict obscure landscapes and surreal imagery.
The paintings are generally abstract, exploring emotional response, colour and form. These develop into landscapes or function on a purely emotional level.
The collages focus on the inability of communication to visualise reality, to reflect the dissonance between form and content and the dysfunctions of language. Through the juxtaposition of image and texts the viewer is drawn into a world where they can create their own connections and stories.
The following is a perfect description and review of Petra’s artwork by Charley Cano.
It’s that place where language is transcended, where time and distance are non-existent. It’s there that we begin to understand one another.
It’s those moments in life that are beyond describing which still pull us out of ourselves. Wonder, confusion, curiosity all drift upon breezes. Loss and struggle traverse oceans. Love crosses the sky, shaking the world with thunder and lightning.
In Petra Lea’s art, it’s only you and I in the universe, when there is no you nor I. There is only experience. There is memory, acceptance, an earned wisdom. There is the electric shock of being, and the eternal hungered search for beauty amid chaos.
It’s when we stop exploring this life that we begin to lose it. If we fail to see with fresh eyes daily, to listen to or sniff the wind, we lose its value. It’s that way with art, as well, and the best part about it is there’s always something amazing and new to discover.
Petra Lea also greatly excels at pop art and collages. She exhibits and enjoys a fast-growing audience and collector list worldwide.
Featured image – ‘Familiarity’