Orlanda Broom’s painting will add a punch of color to your Instagram feed (and God knows, we’re craving some color these days). “I try to exploit beauty and color in my work,” admitted Broom in an interview with Jung Katz, “it’s my hook to bring people in and engage further. Generally, I’ve found people respond really well and have some personal connection, idea or memory sparked by it.”
Broom’s love of color takes two distinct shapes: landscape painting and abstract art. Both are loosely based on realistic forms, creating a fantastical universe that’s guided by unknown forces. While her landscape paintings portray a lush, if exaggerated, scenery, providing a rose-tinted view of the natural world, her abstract paintings present a kaleidoscopic interpretation of the world around us.
“My landscapes are very densely layered and a built-up through lengthy over-painting and using a lot of different application techniques,” says Broom. “My abstract paintings are made without any tools or brushes so I have less control over the medium and this is quite a freeing way of working.”
But whatever her subject matter, the end result is open for interpretation. “I hope to make paintings that are beautiful but that also offer a narrative that can be interpreted in different ways,” she notes, “whether it’s personal, or more broadly connected to, for example, environmental concerns.”