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Jade Robertson Watercolor Maps & Botanicals
Jade Robertson is a British born artist and print textile designer currently based in Brooklyn. Jade trained at the university of East London with a BA in Print textile design. After a sell out degree show, she moved to New York. She has worked for several print houses and sells to markets within the fashion industry. She has travelled extensively and resided in Vieques, Puerto Rico for 4 years. She is currently based in Brooklyn and Paris.
Text works/current collection
This new set of paintings is a response and study of words, written and digital and language as a whole. How so much is misread, misunderstood and misinterpreted.
Flora and Fauna works
This collection is influenced by recent travels, from the Amazon jungle to the parks of Paris. “Any place I see nature, a leaf thats been broken by the wind, a silhouette in the evening light, an odd shape. Plant life is fragile and resilient at the same time. I love to capture this by painting said shapes, very large scale. I love minimalism and simple colour combinations, black, white and a tiny suggestion of blue, red or green.” Beauty in what is not typical, the “unseen” The medium is water colour on paper. These paintings are perfect for any living space, hotel, cafe or restaurant to bring nature into the home, like a house plant. “now more than ever we need a connection with nature, wether we live in the city or country, it should always be around us, to bring peace and calm is essential”
I began painting maps after being asked to design and paint a map of Vieques island, Puerto Rico for a local travel guide magazine. I was also commissioned to paint a map of the island for a new hotel “El Blok” as a biking and running guide (framed in the reception as art and a reference for tourists). This began my interest in maps and the details of mapping, the contour lines showing elevation, national parks, rivers and roads. I think maps are aesthetically beautiful and so enjoyed painting them as pieces of art rather than as purely functional tools. Again, these are perfect for any living space.