Victoria Elisabeth Kiff
Rye, East Sussex, England
Born 16th June 1974
Thames Ditton, Surrey, England
Art Foundation, Kingston University 1992-93
BA Fine Art Painting, Central St Martins School of Art, London, 1993-96
First solo exhibition, Works on Paper, 2009, Commercial Street London EC1
The Captain’s Letters 2010, Miscellanea Flesh as Stone, 2011
Vessels, 2013, Eleven Spitalfields Gallery London E1
Hyphaemia Story and Verse, The Stables Theatre Gallery, Hastings, East Sussex
Collections with JP Art Contemporary, Dulwich, Blackheath, Battersea, Mayfair, London
Dulwich Picture Gallery
Collections with Someth1ng Gallery, Honor Oak Park, London
Collections, Art Fairs, London, New York, represented at Cameron Contemporary Art Gallery, Brighton and Hove
Solo exhibition, Metamorphose, Cameron Contemporary Art 2018
Solo exhibition, Synaesthesia, Cameron Contemporary Art, 2020
Solo exhibition, Marshland, Cameron Contemporary Art, 2021
House and Garden In The Frame by Emily Tobin Winter 2014
Royal Academy of Arts Winter edition 2013
The Resident Kensington and Chelsea Dec 2014
Financial Times Magazine May 2015
I live and practice painting, full time in Rye, East Sussex, UK
My desire is to create a balance between an emotional experience with the perception and harmonious placing of the paint to its surface.
The images are often best described as figure landscapes, the two themes intertwine to form an imaginary narrative. Mid 20th Century painters such as Keith Vaughan, Peter Lanyon,(British) Richard Diebenkorn (American) and the figure sculptures of Elisabeth Frink, (British) are an influence among many abstract figurative artists.
I find inspiration from literature, stories and film. These form the basis of my collective imagery alongside my personal journals.
I will search for the strange and unusual, the dramatic and thought provoking, in the collecting of images. The entirely random pictures form a basis for design, as in a lost transcript.
A human figure or figures as the focal object, can be both real or imagined. They form part of an inner world which is firmly rooted in my childhood, at times a repetition of early trauma and disassociation. Since those early years of my life, painting has enabled me to have a voice and provide a place of protection and emotional growth.
Aside from introspection, there are many perspectives to a tactile painterly surface, as an outward response to nature, it is continually re-inventing the senses within itself.
‘Victoria Kiff combines classical figuration and abstraction to create rich textures in painting with complex layers of line and colour. Her paintings are sensitive explorations of the human figure in relation to landscape and have been exhibited widely in London. Victoria’s latest collection of oil paintings can be seen at JP Art Gallery, 18 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1EE’
‘The figures radiate a sense of loss but at the same time make us feel connected, they etch themselves inside us and stay there. Hers are exceptional pieces that will endure as they capture an inexplicable but understood universal truth’
‘Victoria Kiff combines figuration and abstraction to create richly sensitive images of such depth that they transcend time and permeate spiritual emotion. Connecting the human body to the sea and land through colour, line and instinct
The work expresses the need to communicate emotional and psychological conditions through formal and contradictory means, reflections and memories past, present and future form the images on sub-conscious levels.’ Someth1ng gallery London
‘The exhibition will include a new collection of artworks that corelate with waterways as fundamental to light, colour, emotion and the placement of figuration.
The artworks are often preoccupied with ‘The sense of self’, in many of its varied forms and fragile perspectives.’
Marshlands is Victoria Kiff’s fourth solo show in the gallery and as always it is a hugely anticipated exhibition. Her work resonates with richness and power and entices the viewer to look, linger and question. Marshlands will undoubtedly enhance Kiff’sgrowing reputation which has seen her firmly established as one of the most exciting young woman painters in the UK
Robin Cameron 2021
Cameron Contemporary Art Gallery, Brighton and Hove