Scarlett Raven

Lives and works: East Wittering, West Sussex
Education: Central Saint Martins School of Art
Exhibitions: National Army Museum (2019), Cass Art (2019), Titanic Belfast (2018), Manchester Central Library (2018), Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Building (2016)
“I paint what my heart tells me. These paintings are alive. They are hopeful, magical, strong, powerful…they are fearless.”

Owned by celebrities including the Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom, Scarlett's textured landscape paintings have positioned her as one of the most exciting female artists in the UK today. With stylistic influences from Anselm Kiefer, Gustav Klimt and David Hockney, her emotive works are inspired by her personal connection with nature. Her newest release, I am Reborn, sees her imagine the world through her baby son's eyes, encouraging viewers to rediscover their senses. 

Inspiration

Scarlett’s childhood was defined by creativity. Her father was the late saxophonist Raphael Ravenscroft, who played with acts like ABBA, Pink Floyd, Tina Turner and Marvin Gaye. Encouraged by her model mother, Scarlett explored her artistic side as an escape from her struggle with dyslexia. Following her first solo exhibition on Cork Street, London, at the age of just 21, her career took off and she has since been featured by titles such as ES Magazine,Tate Etc.,Tatler and Time Out. Collaborations have included working with the art supplies retailer Cass Art and the English paint manufacturer Winsor & Newton.

Her innovative collections have included The Danger Tree, which explored the true story of World War One through layers of paint, animation and poetry. For Portrait: The Reason Why I Paint, she experimented with figurative works to depict childhood heroes like Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dalí and Vincent van Gogh. In The Eye of Heaven Shines, she manipulated paint to express the majesty of trees, using abstract forms, patterns and sculptural painting to imply movement. Her newest collection, I am Reborn, is inspired by pregnancy and motherhood. 

Working with oil paints and acrylics, Scarlett adds splatters and daubs of paint to replicate the abundance of textures found outdoors. Her landscape works are a way for her to explore the geometry of nature, with elements like water and stars adding a feeling of serenity. Framed in a sustainable wood, all of her limited edition artworks are hand-embellished to echo the multilayered feel of her original paintings. 

Scarlett says: “Paint is thrown on, splattered and flicked. Spitting and dancing, it creates a whole world of magic. When people look at these paintings, I want them to feel themselves. I want them to provide somewhere to feel alive, a place to breathe and explore."

Discover Scarlett's latest selection of hand-signed limited edition prints and original mixed media paintings here

Inside the world of Scarlett Raven

Scarlett often has company in her studio, in the form of her baby son Harvey and her adorable dog Dalí (named after the Surrealist painter Salvador Dalí). While creating her new I am Reborn collection, she was inspired by her son's innate curiosity and the awakening of his senses. She reveals: "Harvey has helped me to see things clearly again. I watch how he sees colours, shapes, smells and sounds, and how he’s loving and accepting of all of his senses. My son has inspired me to look at things like I did when I was a child."

She creates tactile art by covering her hands in oil pigment and gently feeling her way around the surface. Working with Winsor & Newton paints, her three favourite colours are Cobalt Turquoise Light, Cobalt Violet and Quinacridone Magenta. Splattering paint on the canvas captures the movement of flowers in the wind. She explains: "The movement must be in every layer, so when you step back you feel like the landscape is alive. It's the magic of knowing that something beautiful is about to happen." 

Scarlett adds: "Composition and colour are the new driving forces in my art; I’m interested in how they create movement through the eyes of the viewer. I live a lot in an imaginary world of colour, and this is my way of understanding geometry and the science of patterns and shapes. Nature has a higher intelligence, and a remarkable language of its own. My paintings are a portal to a magical, safe place where anything is possible. The movement, freshness and energy take my breath away and provide beautiful escapism." 

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Inspired by motherhood: Scarlett Raven | I am Reborn

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Magazines and brochures

Scarlett Raven | I Am Reborn

Marking a new chapter in Scarlett Raven's artistic journey, I am Reborn is a celebration of her ineffable talent and the renewal she has found in motherhood.

Fine Art Collector | Spring 2021

Showcasing the very best of our artworks, along with behind-the-scenes updates and interviews, the new issue of our Fine Art Collector magazine is a must-read!

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