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August 23rd, 2015

Jessica Zoob open house and Lewes Artwave Festival

This week’s Sunday bliss was a visit to the Open House of artist Jessica Zoob in Lewes, Sussex. Regular readers will know that Jessica is one of my favourite artists (understatement)! For anyone who has not yet come across her work, it is best described as “contemporary impressionism” frequently influenced by nature and the surrounding countryside near her home in Lewes (which is in turn beautiful and makes for a great day out)!

Whilst it is always a pleasure to see her formal exhibitions (the most recent one was at the Loughran Gallery) I particularly loved viewing Jessica’s  work in the informal setting of her house/studio, which she throws open several weekends a year as part of the Lewes Artwave Festival.  It was an opportunity to see them “uncurated”, partly in groupings according to style, but also as an array of different styles, clashing colours, including some surprising earlier pieces. You can see more of her work on the website, but here are some snippets from yesterday’s visit:

Jessica Zoob Open House Lewes Artwave Festival

Jessica Zoob Open House Lewes Artwave Festival

Jessica Zoob Open House Lewes Artwave Festival

Finally, I wanted to include this one, which surprised me… the layering/rubbing back of the oil is probably the give-away, but otherwise a very original earlier piece.

Jessica Zoob Open House Lewes Artwave Festival

You can find the Jessica Zoob Open Studio at: Holly House, 26 De Montfort Road, Lewes  BN7 1SR

During Lewes Artwave, it is open from 12 – 6 pm on the weekends of 29th and 30th August, and 5th and 6th September 2015.

November 14th, 2013

One very inspirational space… the home of artist, Jessica Zoob

I was recently lucky enough to visit the studio and home of the artist Jessica Zoob - Jessica’s paintings are best described as “contemporary impressionism” and are frequently influenced by nature and the surrounding countryside near her home in Lewes, Sussex. I first noticed her work a couple of years ago at Decorex and bought my first piece today!

As well as being a fan of her work,  I was also very taken with Jessica’s home – it has a unique style, one that I wanted to share on the blog today (with kind permission)… as it is one of the most successful “neutral” schemes I have come across in a while.

The secret of the scheme’s success is that the neutral colour palette allows the artwork to really stand out, whilst remaining welcoming and individual. In particular, it strikes that sometimes hard to achieve balance of not trying too hard, yet being a very memorable space which just works.

The one area that really stood out for me was a top floor room, which was previously a “lean-to” on the side of the house over a garage. It’s now a great example of how to turn a smaller space into something quite special, flooded with light and with views of the sky.

Jessica Zoob's home

The light-filled space on the top floor of Jessica’s house – previously a “lean-to”!

Home of artist Jessica Zoob

“Sofa with a view” – you can almost see the “South Downs” over the shutters…

The large wall on the left provides a great space to showcase one of Jessica’s paintings. Oversized is definitely the way to go here as a smaller piece would not have nearly the same impact. (I made a “note to self” as I had visited with the intention of buying a smaller scale piece!).

Another nice detail is the painting technique on the wall, where the colour has been cleverly rubbed back to blend with the canvas. If you look closely at the sofa (top right) you can also see a sneak preview of the soon to be available cushions that Jessica has designed in collaboration with fabric house Romo  The reproduction detail is excellent.

Top floor space in the home of the artist, Jessica Zoob.

The large over-sized painting works as a striking back-drop

And finally, the next few images just pick up on some of the smaller details in the space, in particular the wood carvings, which were done by locally-based Karl Smith of Carved Oak .

Home of artist Jessica Zoob

The carved images and alternate paint colours on the stairs up to the top floor…

Home of artist Jessica Zoob

… and the carving leading down to the ground floor, which used to be a garage! I like the mix of different scale paintings in this area, as effective as the over-sized canvasses when grouped together.

P.S Lewes is also a great destination for sourcing interesting homewares “outside London” at sensible prices, more on that in my next post next month …

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