british artist Olivia Kemp creates incredibly detailed large-scale pen drawings that depict real-world landscapes. However, each room is not an exact representation of the places. Instead, Kemp injects his own mythical touch into each sketched environment, fusing fantasy with reality. His latest works are inspired by the artist’s travels to Malta and Bavaria and were created using photographs, on-site sketches and his own memories as references.
“I draw to make sense of the landscape, but also to build and reshape it,” Kemp explains. « I build imaginary worlds and places that arise from a need to interpret the sites I have known, expanding and developing them on a page. It encompasses everything from visions of a grand landscape to details of the land, plants, and creatures that may inhabit it.
Despite the lack of color, Kemp’s distinct work is rich in detail and texture, each taking several months to complete. In one piece titled High pass climb, traditional Bavarian-style castles can be seen dotted with towers, spruce trees and a winding railway line that connects the hillside town through a series of arches, bridges and tunnels. For the landscape drawing inspired by Malta, titled Melita, Maleth, Kemp focused on the exotic plant life of the Mediterranean island. An outcropping garden of cacti and flora is shown in the foreground of an ancient walled city.
Both works will be included in the collective exhibition, Early Modern Issues, which opens September 6, 2018 and will run until September 29, 2018 at the James Freeman Gallery in London.
In the meantime, you can see more of Kemp’s work at instagram.
Artist Olivia Kemp creates incredibly detailed pen drawings that depict real-world landscapes, but with an imaginary twist.
The artist’s latest works are inspired by his travels to Malta and Bavaria.
In High pass climb, traditional Bavarian-style castles can be seen dotted with towers, spruces and a winding railway line.
In Melita, Maleth, Kemp illustrated Malta’s exotic plant life as the foreground of an ancient walled city.
My Modern Met has granted permission to use Olivia Kemp’s photos.
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