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Artist

Isabelle Hayman

Isabelle is a French mixed media artist based in south London. Her practice is based on an intense drawing practice with different mediums.

Isabelle initially trained as a textile designer in Paris, part of her work is strongly influenced by her knowledge and curiosity for the decorative arts. She creates large intricate ink drawings mixing freely different ceramic, textiles from different eras and styles. The compositions mix surrealist elements, eyes, hands, animals with a luxurious riot of motifs, creating a maximalist collector’s utopia.

Along those detailed ink artworks, she has a more fluid approach, mixing colour with confidence, using her long practice working with ink on paper she creates vivid portraits. The representation of the female figure takes an important place in her practice. With humour and poetic demeanour she depicts women dancing, adorned with accessories paused into dynamic motion.

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Isabelle's Style

Isabelle has been collecting vintage maps, papers, books and ceramics for many years. Lately she has been using those to explore drawing with stencils which enables her to create strong graphic monochromatic drawings.

Her work has been precedently selected by Paul Smith for an exhibition of 165 portraits of women, arranged in different Paul Smith boutiques. In 2020, 3 of her paintings were selected for “Cranach: Artist and Innovator” at Compton Verney. In 2022 her work was part of the Summer show “Reclaiming Magic” by Yinka Shonibare. 

"I've imagined a series of eccentric beetles wearing their best outfit for a party. The beetles are decorated with a cocktail of different patterns, inspired by motifs taken from wax cloth, antique embroidery, Indian block print forming a puzzle of eclectic patterns and colours evoking a textile patchwork piece created by a cunning textile collector. The giant size of the beetles, allows us to see the multiple details formed by the patterns and colours, reminding us of the complexity and fragility of nature." - Isabelle Hayman

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May Drop 2023

"A collection revealing different variations on the female figure as well as continuing exploring different techniques, drawing, painting and embroidery. I learned embroidery in my childhood, in the 3 embroidery pieces I used small vintage beads I was given as a child. I have since continued collecting craft and textiles accessories, one can be found in the Green dancer oil painting, a small velvet hand patch recently found in a flea market." - Isabelle Hayman, Dancers

March Drop 2023

"Blue female figures drawn on early 20th century notebook pages. One is from a French-German vocabulary notebook, the other is a Parisian school notebook with a beautiful cursive writing. Both belonged to women. The pages are floated on an off white card, the frame is oak." - Isabelle Hayman, Blue figures on early 20th Century notebooks

Feb Drop 2023

A collection of drawings, ink on paper. 3 Framed drawings on vintage German vocabulary notebook dated 1907. A series of 9 dancers on khadi paper by Isabelle Hayman

Drop 5 - Winter 2022

"One pair of purple ink drawings framed, One pair of stencil with embroidery on." - Isabelle Hayman, Pairs

Drop 3 - High Summer 2022

"A collection of ink drawings on paper celebrating the female form. 3 large drawings inspired by the classic figures of the 3 grâces, from a classic Greek bas relief to Rubens. And a series of 6 dancers drawings." - Isabelle Hayman, A Collection of Drawings

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Drop 2 - Summer 2022

"A collection of portraits, work on paper, framed in hand-painted frames with Artglass. Some paintings following on the series of dancers launched in the previous drop and a large painting inspired partly by circus and acrobats, completed in 2018." - Isabelle Hayman, Portraits and Dancers

Drop 1 - New Year 2022

"Ink drawings from a recent series of dancers mixed with older work, mask and faces. The blue silhouettes are painted on pages from a vintage notebook dated 1908 owned and used by someone learning German.' - Isabelle Hayman, A Collection of Ink Drawings

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