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Manchester Art Fair 2024


In Conversation: Victoria Coleman

19 Nov 2023
Central 3 in main entrance
Art Talk
In Conversation: Victoria Coleman

Victoria Coleman now lives in the beautiful countryside of Shropshire working in her garden studio with two wire hair dachshunds and a Springer Spaniel for company. She is a huge dog devotee and being brought up with dachshunds and chickens it’s no surprise that painting dogs is her passion.

Among her other passions is film so after completing a degree in 3d Design she started work as a prop maker in the TV and film industry, she has been fortunate enough to work on Star Wars, Gladiator, Harry Potter and Alice In Wonderland to name but a few.

Her industry career concluded with her painting sculptures of the hero characters for Disney’s flag ship stores around the world. For a long time though Victoria had a yearning for a change of scenery, a place of her own to work in and creative freedom.

Consequently in 2014 she began making textile fabrications for the home which gave her the creative flexibility she desired, it was during this time she started painting the occasional pet portrait here and there. Eventually demand for portraits began to rise and she decided to pack away the sewing machine for good and focus on painting.

Today Victoria has taken her pet portraits to another level celebrating the beauty and humour of our furry friends with mostly acrylic paints, she also likes to experiment with oils and collage and handmade paper clay sculptures enjoying the freedom and versatility of different materials.

You can see her work in several galleries and publications, she sells to UK and international collectors and works on private commissions often the crazier the better. It’s with tremendous gratitude for the likeminded people who enjoy her creations that she is ‘almost living the dream!’

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