29 Mar 2021
Graduate sees success in first year as a full-time artist
Alumna Eden Mullane, who graduated with a degree in Textiles: Innovation and Design in 2019, took the plunge in the first UK coronavirus lockdown to become a full-time artist.
Eden, who recently appeared on the Sky Arts programme “Landscape Artist of the Year” is heavily influenced by her Caribbean heritage. She said:
“Having a client base that can identify and feel inspired by my work through their own experiences, dreams and memories is the most amazing feeling in the world”.
Many of Eden’s paintings feature landscapes of Jamaica, where her maternal grandparents were originally from. One such landscape was her entry to the Sky Arts programme which showed her grandmother’s ancestral home in Port Antonio. Eden visited the Caribbean in 2006, and that trip would be set to inspire her creative journey for years to come.
A Vista of Port Antonio
The alumna dreamt of working in a London studio, but the pandemic meant Eden had to rethink. Posting her artwork on Instagram proved fruitful. She quickly sold her first painting, with several more originals selling in the following weeks:
"Within four weeks I sold quite a few paintings and I realised deep down in my heart all I really wanted to do was paint full-time professionally and that was what I loved.
"I decided to take the leap in the first lockdown and set up the business."
Her works have been selling to countries such as Japan, Brazil, USA, and around Europe. Limited edition prints from her final year degree show collection, ‘Blue Mahoe’ (pictured below), which was also inspired by her heritage, have been sold worldwide.
With commissions booked until October, Eden is moving into a new art studio rather than working from home.
Main image: Sky Arts
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