Artist Serena Curmi has been based at Jamaica Street Studios in Bristol for a decade. She spent her childhood travelling and sailing around the world, including the US, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe, before completing an art and design foundation course and a BA (Hons) in Illustration at Falmouth College of Arts, graduating in 2001. After several years working as an illustrator, Serena turned to fine art painting.
Her oil paintings sit somewhere between the present and past, often portraying a sense of loneliness; whether a faded, half-imagined landscape or a lost figure as in her portraits of asylum patients.
Serena’s current body of work depicts peaceful and at times brooding mountain landscapes inspired by photographs, thoughts and memories. Shrouded in mist or half-clad in snow, softened at the edges or crowned with razor-sharp peaks, towering over pine forests or glacial lakes, her pink, blue and sepia mountains loom up against dull, sunless skies.
The artist does not intend to make reference to specific places, instead she creates mountains that look at once familiar and imagined. Reminiscent of old photographs, even black and white vintage film in the case of her resin-coated pieces, Serena’s work is layered with remembered histories and permeated with a sense of nostalgia, loss and solitude.
Serena exhibits regularly both nationally and internationally and has been selected for a number of juried shows including The Discerning Eye and the RWA Annual Open Exhibition. In 2018, she was chosen as a finalist for the Columbia Threadneedle Prize for her portrait series ‘Bedlam Case Studies’. Her work is also shown at art fairs and gallery exhibitions throughout the UK and abroad.