Jasmine Aras is a British-Australian Artist currently based in the UK. She obtained a Bachelor's degree with Honours in Fine Art from De Montfort University. Jasmine would describe herself as a colourist and in her work aims to combine a love of colour, shape and line with the energy and joy in applying the paint.
"My job is to be inspired by the small and to make them big; to be continually exploring the depths of mark-making and colour, so that my joy can transport to brighten another space"
Creating something beautiful, eye catching and vibrant is a true and honest expression from within. It feels like a place in which I belong and a space in which I feel most comfortable to be challenged. I know I have so much more yet to uncover and that is what continually pushes me forward, excites me and motivates me.
My love for creating Art is both expressed through use of colour and through the process of applying the paint. I like to build up in layers and find myself drawn to saving little fragments of underneath layers, giving depth ad intrigue. I prefer the mark-making to be bold and visible so the viewer can travel along the same lines. I've personally always loved getting close to paintings and acquainting myself with the marks and brush strokes, as if it might somehow transport me to the moment it was being created.
My inspiration is varied and wide, but there is something special about being outdoors and walking among God's creation. I especially love the silence of trees and the shapes of shadows. I am inspired by the beauty which isn’t so obvious or perhaps not as admired or noticed. I am mostly influenced by my daily walks and the simplicity of that source, taking note of shapes, lines, patterns, and of course the changing colours through each season. Picasso was quoted as saying, 'There is no abstract Art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality'.
My journey as an Artist starts the same as many; drawing and painting as far back as I can remember, and even as a child aspiring to one day have this profession. I studied Art at A-level, through to college and in 2006 achieved a Bachelor's degree with honours in Fine Art from De Montfort University. In the years that followed I continued to draw and paint, but not consistently, and for various different reasons I seemed to put my artistic aspirations on hold.
However, in 2014 we experienced tragic loss when our first child was stillborn at full term, and this was a pivotal moment. I read somewhere that when we hit the floor, it is only then that we find our foundation. That experience certainly floored me, changing us forever, but it did also re-affirm that I have a strong faith in God, and in that the belief that I have a purpose, and this re-ignited my passionate gift for creativity.
While in my Art Foundation year at Swindon College, my Art Tutor described me as a 'Great Colourist'. I thought back to these words and decided perhaps I would finally start taking them more seriously. I like to think that our beautiful son left in his place the valuable gift of time and of purpose. It was a period of time I would never have chosen willingly, but in his memory I knew that I could push forward in joy and celebration. I believe that God, through the love of our son River, was encouraging me back onto this journey, towards the Artistic dream I had actually always held in my heart.
In 2015 I held my first solo exhibition, in his honour, and have continued to pursue my Art career since.
EXHIBITIONS / EVENTS
March 2019 - Surrey Contemporary Art Fair, Sandown Race Course, Esher, Surrey
April 2019 - Exhibition launch, showcasing work at Kingdom Coffee House, Swindon, Wiltshire UK
May 2018 - Southbank Bristol Arts Trail
May 2017 - Southbank Bristol Arts Trail
November 2015 - ‘Flow River Flow’ Solo Exhibition in memory of River Aras and raising funds for SANDS (Stillbirth and Neo-natal death Charity)
SUPPORTING SANDS UK
SANDS is the stillbirth and neonatal death charity. They operate throughout the UK, supporting anyone affected by the loss of a baby, working to improve the care bereaved parents receive and promoting to reduce the loss of babies lives. SANDS were a huge support to me after the loss of our son River, therefore I will be donating 10% of all profits to support the great work they do.