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Colorful, Abstract Confessions by Painter Hetty Douglas

In Hetty Douglas’ paintings, richly textured pinks and blues create tongue-in-cheek references to personal stories.

Hetty Douglas makes paintings using “acrylic, spray paint, charcoal and structure gel. Normally on board, canvas, or Perspex.” The London-based artist tends towards the tongue-in-cheek, layering slangy phrases through brightly-colored paint to build works that seem fun and silly at first glance, but actually “obscures a hidden, deeply personal response.”

Douglas says that the motivations behind her work are “all just thoughts I’ve had that have come into my head a lot about previous relationships and people I meet. I write that thought down, then transfer it on to a painting.”

Lately, she has been moving away from the use of text, though, favoring a more abstract style of expression. “My more recent work hasn’t been so heavily text-based, less phrases and more individual works, numbers, or symbols. I’m currently working on larger-scale paintings and experimenting with painting onto Perspex.”

It’s easy to envision Douglas’ works as gallery wall-sized, monolithic canvases. The soft pinks and neon blues that dominate her paintings are richly textured in a way that makes you want to get up close to the work. Keep scrolling to see our selection of Douglas’ work, and find more on her online portfolio, built using Format.

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