Inside the Studio: Victoria Horkan (UK)


unnamed-2Victoria Horkan

unnamedVictoria considering one of her paintings inside her studio. 

What are the major themes you pursue in your work?  
I think for a long time it’s been about nature. I think all artists are inspired by this to a certain extent, but what they do with it and how they progress with this theme can be worlds apart. I’ve explored water and almost created my own version of what lies beneath the depth of our seas-then this progressed to birds. The birds arose from the waters I was creating, and now I have kind of metamorphosed these creatures into my own version of butterflies. Nature has always moved me, and I feel happiest when I am painting it. I never paint these things in their realistic form. Instead, I distort what’s there and give an impression of the impossible. We are creators, so I certainly divulge that notion within my work that I am not interested in realism or fact, just exploration.

unnamed-3A glimpse inside Victoria’s studio space.  

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?  
Don’t sell your soul.

studi pic 5jpg-2Victoria working on a painting.  

Prefer to work with music or in silence? 
Definitely music, this plays an enormous part in how I paint. I listen to quite diverse music, and it can affect my painting! The two are very much linked, the notes, the sounds, the music that moves you-it all helps in this big bubble of creativity we like to immerse ourselves in.

unnamed-4Completed artworks hanging inside the studio.  

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be? 
It would have to be something totally huge and imposing so it would eat me up and spit me out every time I looked at it. I’m really loving Andrew Salgado’s work at the moment. Just love his style and use of color, it’s as simple as that.

Standing Still“Standing Still” 

Who are your favorite writers?
I don’t have any favorites. I read thrillers and I like gritty reads that are hard to put down. I suppose I look at pictures all day, that’s where I get my feed- my satisfaction. When I have been looking at pictures all day that tells enough of a story for me.

in and out of the window“In and Out of the Window”  


invitation peacock party“Invitation Peacock Party”   

Butterfly Series 19“Butterfly Series 19”  


  1. Georgie says:

    Aw, good old Victoria! Have been a fan of her work for years, she’s masterful with her use of colour and texture. I love how instantly recognizable her paintings are & intend to own one myself one day!

  2. Mohammad says:

    Hello. Extremely beautiful, especially the use of different colors. GOOD LUCK

  3. David Mortimore says:

    I’m interested in her techniques. Sometimes collage, sometimes paint, sometimes both, or the same subject matter worked in paint, then another version in collage. The colours are great love the way she interprets in both medias.

  4. Flemming says:

    Nice pix…

  5. a rich girl doing butterflies how interesting

  6. Kate says:

    Stunning and unapologetic creativity. I love the blend and splashes of color and movement.

  7. Lovely work, Victoria!! “Fragments” is fantastic.

  8. francisco solano castañeda says:

    Total libertad, para volar en lo onírico.

  9. Hello
    How much cost work right side of u, when do work behind your knees?

  10. Indeed, butterflyerish!

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