Isla Valentine Wade



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The Right Waterweed, Acrylic, Spray Paint and Oil Pastel on stretched canvas, 72" x 54", 2017.


I meddle within the poetics of incompleteness: splicing together letters and colour to form abstract painting underlined by poetry and prose.

The essence of my current work has seeped in from the nineteen novels and novellas of Vladimir Nabokov; an illustrious, floral writer, whose text is a source of clear visual inspiration. Words and phrases form the basis for my colourful abstractions, with emphasis placed on my connection with the rhythm, phonetics and ambiguity. While thoroughly enjoying the work of Nabokov my own painting process is not a representation of the text, but, merely a self-absorbed relationship with the act of the written word.


Born 1996 in Perth, Scotland. Lives and works in Dundee. Graduated from Duncan Of Jordanstone with a Ba(Hons) in Fine Art in 2018.