Abigail Aaron is an artist currently based in Bradford who works predominantly in acrylic paint and pastels to create complex abstract works. Graduating with a BA (hons) degree in Fine Art from Leeds Arts University in 2017, Abigail has exhibited her work around Leeds, being our artist of the month for March and showing her work at the cafe prior to lockdown. We sat down with Abigail to learn more about her work, artistic background and inspirations.
When did you graduate? Would you recommend the Leeds Arts Fine Art BA course to others?
I graduated from Leeds Arts University in 2017. It was an amazing 3 years where I made so many friends and connections. I would definitely recommend.
Graduating can seem like a scary prospect to a lot of students, especially those taking arts courses. How is life post-graduation?
Honestly it can be scary! You get as much out of it as you put in. I have a full time job and work as much as I can on my art. It’s hard work but worth it - I’d say just keep trying to go to shows, events, talk to independent businesses about showcasing work.
Your work deals with abstract lines and shapes. What drew you to abstraction as opposed to creating more figurative works? What drew you to paints and pastels?
I’ve always loved abstract work and started working abstractly when I was about 18 or so. My style has changed (and is still changing) so much. I always said it was because I didn’t have the patience to draw figuratively but I just love abstract work a lot more.
What is your favourite thing about working as an artist? What are the most challenging aspects?
Like I said before it is so much about what you put into it. I love seeing my work in people’s homes and connecting with businesses and galleries who have showcased my work too.
Where do you take inspiration from? Do you ever have trouble getting creative?
My work is based on my journey through my faith. I have trouble all the time! It’s a discipline you have to work at. It’s like exercising!
You recently exhibited at Workshop, and we loved the work you showed! What was your inspiration behind this collection?
This was my first exhibition showcasing my work alongside my playful digital prints. It was great to see two parts of my work combined! It’s always good to explore new areas and practices and this is what I was trying to show.
As well as Workshop, you’ve also exhibited at the Gallery at 164 and Left Bank Leeds for their art prize – what is it like being part of the Leeds art scene?
I love the Leeds arts scene. It is such a friendly and welcoming community full of opportunities! I have met so many great people over the past few years.
What’s your favourite thing about living in Leeds? What do you wish the city had more of?
I actually live in the outskirts of Bradford (close to IKEA) but I wouldn’t change Leeds at all! There are so many gems in the city that you can find- from indie bars, to dog friendly coffee shops, to galleries and great walks too! You can’t not love Leeds!
How are you keeping busy during quarantine? Do you have any upcoming projects that you’re currently working on?
I’m really fortunate to be working still and that has been great for routine and structure. I’m working more on paintings and sketches (not so much digital work) with hopes they can be exhibited again when everything is open!
Obviously everything is very up in the air at the moment, but what are your immediate plans post-lockdown? What are your hopes for the future?
I’d love to show my work in more places around Leeds and I would love to collaborate with other creatives too!
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