Today we’d like to introduce you to Victoria Galloway.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Art has always been a part of my life. Growing up with my Grandfather who was a painter I was constantly inspired to illustrate to the world my ideas and how beautiful our surroundings are. Throughout my childhood and school I always enjoyed Art and Design however I never saw it as something I would make a career out of. I aspired to study law up until I was 18 which was when I realized I wanted to be a professional artist. I went on to study Graphic Design and Illustration in University, spending a year of that in Barcelona studying traditional Spanish Graphic techniques and Ceramics.
My love for travel and capturing everything I find interesting fuels my passion for creativity with an imagination inspired by a desire to make beautiful things. I have been fortunate enough to live a beautiful life that has been full of travelling and adventures and truly love creating artwork that has meaning.
Please tell us about your art.
My artwork is the playful and fun part of my life. Life can be so serious sometimes which encourages me to create work that will leave people feeling happier. I create everything from illustrated prints to logo designs, branding and wedding stationary. When people see my work I hope they walk away with a message about being kinder to one another and to the world. I have always been interested in topics such as migration, global warming and feminism, they have become the muse to most of my artwork. I feel very grounded and free when I am drawing and painting and I enjoy every minute of my work. Last year I wrote and illustrated a book called ‘The Language of Birds’, the aim of which was to promote multi-cultural relations for children and to make children more aware about migration issues. My book was shortlisted for an award for the Royal Society of Arts in London. I try to use my talent and illustrations to become more engaged in global development.
What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
I think that artists today are in a great position to grow and exhibit their work. With so many options of online platforms and social media it has made the artists life so much easier. Being able to advertise yourself and your work through social media has allowed artists to connect with likeminded people from all over the world. However, I also feel like it’s important not to get too involved with what others are doing. It is important to focus on your own development so sometimes taking a break from social media and focusing on my own work is the best thing for my creativity. I feel like it is important for cities to welcome new artists and to help them thrive in a new or existing environment. Exhibitions, creative meet ups and street art are all great ways to help a city artistically thrive.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I have an online portfolio where people can view my projects and find out more about my work I also have an Instagram and Facebook page where I share my designs and illustrations. I would love to get in contact with more people in the industry so feel free to get in touch! I am always open for commissions and creating more work.
- Address: 594 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Australia, 3004
- Website: www.victoriagalloway.co.uk
- Phone: 0467 708 057
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/victoriagallowayillustration
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/VictoriaGallowayDesigns
All images created by Victoria Galloway