"From intricate scalpel paper-cuts to dramatic speed-painting and mixed-media sculpture, my artwork spans a vast spectrum between precision and free-flowing energy."

 

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Loïs Cordelia is a prolific artist and illustrator in cut-paper, acrylics and mixed media, based at her studio in Ipswich, United Kingdom. She works in diverse styles and mediums, including intricate scalpel paper-cut designs, energetic speed-painting, and mixed media sculpture. Her blog is a record of her busy schedule of live art demos, workshops, talks, publications, exhibitions, and other events.
 

 

Loïs's paper-cut designs have been published in books, journals and music albums in the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria and the United States. Her paper-cuts are a synthesis of swift, energetic sketches and painstakingly precise cuts of a surgical scalpel blade. Each exquisite miniature may take many hours to complete.
 

 

At the opposite end of the scale, Loïs's "speed-paintings" are rendered with bold, energetic, sweeping brush- and knife-strokes. Her paintings often feature iridescent, shimmering and metallic colours, and, unusually, are often painted over existing imagery, making creative use of the original to contribute to a new artwork. Loïs regularly performs live speed-painting demos in public, including portrait painting from live models. In May 2015, she co-founded a popular untutored Ipswich life-drawing class.
 

 

Loïs also creates dramatic sculptures in mixed media, inspired by fantasy and mythological themes, balancing exquisitely detailed hand-carved features with sweeping movement and a raw, organic finish.
 

 

Since 1999, Lois has worked as an assistant in the west London studio of children's author-illustrator Jan Pienkowski (born 1936), best known for his Meg and Mog series (with co-authors Helen Nicoll and David Walser), pop-up books including Haunted House, and several volumes of fairytale silhouette illustrations.
 

 

In 2006, she graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a first level Honours degree in Arabic. The effortless beauty of Arabic script has been another major influence in her drawing techniques.



Solo Exhibitions and Publications (includes forthcoming and provisionally scheduled shows)


2016 (October-November) Metamorphoses, Level Best, Colchester
2016 (June - September) Pig-geswyk, as part of Pigs Gone Wild Summer art trail, Ipswich
2016 (ongoing) Sugar & Spice, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, Mid Wales
2016 Illustrations for German fairytale Zauber der Zwirnknoepfe (Krump, Gutenberg, Austria)
2016 Album artwork for Habu – Infinite (March 2016)
2015 Gaze of the Green Man, published in A Beautiful Resistance (Gods&Radicals)
2015 Dreamcatcher, Level Best, Colchester, Essex
2015 Art in the Orangery, Holywells, Ipswich
2015 Front cover and vignette illustrations for Birdbook III (Sidekick Books, London)
2015 Illustrations for German fairytale anthology SternenBlick
2015 Paintings and essay published in Rastafari and the Arts, Darren Middleton (Routledge, NY)
2015 Album artwork for Happy Graveyard Orchestra - Welcome
2014 Album artwork for Habu - To the Stars
2014 Open Studios 2014, CO3, Colchester, Essex
2014 LionHeart, Level Best, Colchester, Essex
2011 Winged Flames, Dove Cottage, Debenham, Suffolk
2011 Filigrees of Flame, The Edmund Gallery, Bury St Edmunds
2011 Black Gold, Open the Gate, London
2011 Reggae Unity, London
2011 Front cover and vignette illustrations for Birdbook and Birdbook II (Sidekick Books, London)
2011 Deep Roots, London
2010 Artwork featured in film, Habibti (Panacea Productions, London)
2010 Love Letters, University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy, Edinburgh
2009 Metamorphoses, Kulturforum Schwimmhalle Schloss Plön, Germany
2008 The Moon Tree, View From The Top Gallery, Nottingham
2008 The Burning Bush, The Ancient House Gallery, Ipswich
2006 Chiaroscuro, Fine Art Library, Edinburgh
2006 Roots, University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy, Edinburgh
2002 Mythology and Religion, Ancient House Gallery, Ipswich



Group Exhibitions (includes forthcoming shows)
 


2016 (October) Sea Scouts Art Echibition, Ipswich
2016 (August) SuffolkArt, Ipswich
2016 (July) Sudbury Summer Art Show, Sudbury, Suffolk
2016 (June-July) Tymperleys Tea Rooms, Colchester, Essex (with the CO3 Art Gallery)
2016 (April-May) Dorking Group of Artists, Betchworth, Surrey
2015 DRAW 15, Society of Graphic Fine Art, Menier, London
2015 Dorking Group of Artists, Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey
2015 Blue, Townhouse, Ipswich
2015 Lines, Freudian Sheep, Ipswich
2015 SuffolkArt, Ipswich
2015 Faces, Townhouse, Ipswich
2015 CO3, Layer Marney, Essex
2015 Spring, Townhouse, Ipswich
2015 Dorking Group of Artists, Betchworth, Surrey
2014 CO3 Autumn Exhibition, Slice, Colchester
2014 Christmas at CO3, CO3 Art Gallery, Colchester
2014 Dorking Group of Artists, Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey
2014 Creative Cartography inspired by Jan Pienkowski, Gabriel Fine Art, Waterloo
2014 Unity in Variety, Gabriel Fine Art, Waterloo
2014 SuffolkArt, Ipswich
2014 Dorking Group of Artists, Betchworth, Surrey
2014 Once Upon A Time - Children's Book Illustrators of East Anglia, Ipswich Art School
2013 Dorking Group of Artists, Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey
2013 Heritage Day, Holywells Park, Ipswich
2013 SuffolkArt, Ipswich
2013 Midsummer Weekend, Great Horkesley, Essex
2013 Dorking Group of Artists, Betchworth, Surrey
2012 Dorking Group of Artists, Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey
2012 SuffolkArt, Ipswich
2012 Open Studio Weekends, Surrey Artist Open Studios, Dorking
2012 Royal Russell School, Croydon
2012 Dorking Group of Artists, Betchworth, Surrey
2012 The Body Sublime, London
2011 The Vine Church, Eye, Suffolk
2011 Mixed Media, Kesgrave Arts, Suffolk
2011 SuffolkArt, Ipswich
2011 Jubilee Exhibition, Scherenschnitt Schweiz, Switzerland
2011 Master of Art, The Forum, Norwich
2011 Silent Art Auction, The Forum, Norwich
2011 Dazed and Refused, London
2011 Open Studio Weekends, Suffolk Open Studios, Ipswich
2011 St Mary's Church Higham, Essex
2011 Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Suffolk
2011 St Mary's Church, Hadleigh, Suffolk
2011 Reg Driver Visitor Centre, Christchurch Park, Ipswich
2010 Art-Music-Photography, Ipswich
2010 Fields of Joy, Kesgrave Arts, Suffolk
2010 SuffolkArt, Ipswich
2010 Anglia Art, Brandeston Hall, Suffolk
2010 Open Studio Weekends, Suffolk Open Studios, Ipswich
2010 Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Suffolk
2010 The Upstairs Gallery, Beccles, Suffolk
2009 Sanctuary 4 Art, Bacchus Barn, Lawshall, Suffolk
2009 SuffolkArt, Ipswich
2009 Open Studio Weekends, Suffolk Open Studios, Ipswich
2009 Choice, Artworks-MK, Milton Keynes
2008 SuffolkArt, Ipswich
2008 Cover Versions, View From The Top Gallery, Nottingham
2007 SuffolkArt, Ipswich