Selina’s paintings are visual diaries, a response to meals shared with friends and family whilst travelling the world. She pays homage to food and its packaging from an array of countries. Celebrating the beauty and humour in both everyday and elaborate food - from a simple tin of pilchards to a fabulous Parisian patisserie.
Inspired by her years living and working in Paris, Sydney and Tokyo and her childhood in London. Selina's vibrant paintings are at once universal and intensely personal. An evocative concoction of taste, design, nostalgia and memory that can whisk us back to childhood, to a grandparents’ kitchen, a family celebration or an exotic holiday. On returning to the UK Selina painted British food with fresh eyes as if a tourist - the all day breakfast, Pot Noodle, Condensed Carnation Milk.
I love food - cooking, eating and painting it. I am fascinated by the ritualistic nature of certain foods and meals, the cross-cultural similarities and differences in what and how we eat.
Influences are as varied as the food she paints. From the still lifes of Spanish artists Zurbaran and Velazquez to Wayne Thiebaud’s cake pictures. From Barry McGee and Peter Blake to Matisse. ‘I explore culinary influences and references and the significance of seemingly incongruous foods when placed together.’
Trained: Slade School of Art, Bristol Polytechnic, the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Aix and Camberwell School of Art.
Solo Exhibitions Include: Southampton City Art Gallery; Books for Cooks, London; Modern Pantry, London; Snow Gallery, London; The Japan Foundation, Sydney; Art House Gallery, Sydney; Danielle Arnaud, London; Liberty, London.
Group Exhibitions Include: Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset; National Open Art Competition, Chichester; Dorset Art Week, Wimbourne St Giles; The Art Stable, Dorset; Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, The Mall Galleries, London; Parker Harris - Lloyds Bank, Salisbury; Talisman, Gillingham; Maureen Epsley, London; Snow Gallery, London.
Awards: Princes Trust - Studio residency & Artist research, Paris. Bristol Polytechnic Award for Fine Art
Public Collections Include: Books for Cooks, Bar Italia, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, Coode Adams Martin, Dorado Records. The Japan Cultural Centre, Sydney. National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. Simon Johnson, Tetsuya Wakuda, B & J Lizzard, Sydney. Earthquake Produce, San Francisco. Works owned by Private Collections in the UK and internationally.