Artworks

Portals of Change

“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides...

God's Garden

All That is Radiant

“All That is Radiant" is a magnificent abstract that engages the viewer's interest with its expansive...

Monsoon

We Break to Let the Light in

Adorned with strokes of blues, greys, and white, "We Break to Let the light in”is a visual masterpiece that tells a story. At...

A Celestial Passage Where Seas Split

Step into "A Celestial Passage", where an enchanting storm of blue hues unfold on a grand scale canvas. Towering at...

The Ascent

Interstellar Windows

“Interstellar Windows", painted in gentle blues, greys, whites, and subtle touches of orange, transports you into...

Geometry of Dreams

“Geometry of Dreams" is both innately and intentionally driven by my aspiration to create a tangible translation of...

Pink and Black World

“A Pink and Black World" invites you to venture into a cosmic realm where contrasts and texture intertwine to create...

Skyfall

"Skyfall" is a trilogy of paintings in which the transformative power of healing has been alchemised into art. The...

Transform

The Sun Will Rise Once More

“The Sun Will Rise Once More" is a captivating abstract that embodies the interplay of colours and textures...

Liberation's Dance

In “Liberation's Dance", I poured myself onto the canvas, fully and freely. Using my hands as the paintbrush and...

Technicolour Peaks

“Technicolour Peaks" transports viewers to a breath-taking world where nature's majestic peaks meet an explosion of...

Leaning into Malleability

With grace and fluidity presented in the centre circular movement, "Leaning into Malleability" encapsulates the mental...

Serenity of the Mountains

“Serenity of the Mountains" is an abstract painting that blends the essence of tranquillity and strength. Set against a...

Sky Thread

Intertwine

Blue Lining

“Blue Lining" is a soothing and harmonious blend of deep blues, with one side gradually fading into lighter shades to...

Mr Moo

Introducing, "Mr Moo", a captivating mixed media portrait brought to life through a vibrant blend of acrylic, oil...

Love Dissolves it All

“Love Dissolves it All" stands as a visually captivating and emotionally evocative artwork that incorporates text...

A Wildfire of Amber

A red, orange, and black painting inspired by a poem that I had written a few weeks prior: "In the fiery embrace of the...

Free Your Body

Your True Colours Shining Through

“Your True Colours Shining Through" is all about truth. Inspired by words from author Jeff Brown, this is "A true conversation...

Collective Symphony

"Collective Symphony" is showcased in Fairhurst Gallery, located at the University of York library, and will soon become...

A Chromatic Portrait

Set upon a slim canvas, "A Chromatic Portrait" presents creamy-coloured hues that serve as a background for a...

Susan's Triumph

Not Afraid of Play

“Not Afraid of Play", an expressive abstract, celebrates the joy of play in adulthood. Set against a backdrop of...

A Friend

“A Friend" is a charismatic abstract portrait, created using acrylic, oil pastels, pen, and newspaper collage...

Tranquility

In the stunning embrace of "Tranquillity", a blue-green abstract comes to life, offering a captivating...

Out of the Orange

“Out of the Orange" is a stunning abstract that delves into the realm of expressive emotions. Crafted with...

Light in the Dark

“Light in the Dark" is a unique abstract that beckons viewers to immerse themselves in a textured world of...

Quiet Confidence

“Quiet Confidence", with its varying shades of white, blue, and grey, along with hints of black, evokes a sense of quiet...

Language of Art

“The Language of Art" is a captivatingly intricate abstract that transcends linguistic barriers, inviting observers into...

Blossom-Coated Spectrum

Welcome to the Jungle

“Welcome to the Jungle" is a vibrant and intuitive painting brought to life through the fusion of acrylic, pen, and oil pastels. Every inch of the painting is bursting with artistic expression, details, colour, marks, snippets of writing, and dribbles of paint. The canvas is an immersive jungle of creativity

Growing

“Growing" is a dynamic and textured creation that pulsates with vitality. The central spectacle- an explosion of colour...

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Portals of change

Portals of Change, 2023. Amber Sykes. Signed Acrylic on canvas; 68.9 x 49.2 in. (175 x 125 cm). Lautrec, France.

“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” Cynthia Occelli.

 

Do you view change synonymously with fear, or opportunity? With endings, or beginnings? Many of us instinctively resist change with the limiting perception that they are endings, rather than new beginnings; “Portals of Change” paints an alternative perspective. Each burst of colour represents a transformative realm of change, tied up with opportunity, novelty, and curiosity. The energetic and layered composition, featuring dribbles and daring splashes of paint, symbolises the courage to step beyond the confines of comfort zones and transcend rigidity. 

 

A pursuit for stability and routine can obscure the the stagnation that accompanies a fear-driven existence. By cultivating habitual thought patterns, remaining in proximity with only those who we know, and making decisions based more strongly on fear rather than curiosity, a sense of familiarity emerges. As creatures of habit, we naturally prefer to reside in this territory. But sometimes, when a yearning to venture beyond our boundaries arises and persists, it is necessary for us to pause and recalibrate the view. In these moments, the possibility for voluntary change emerges. 

 

The magnitude of change varies; sometimes, it can be so momentous that we find ourselves on the other side of it in an altered world where the ground we once stood upon has disintegrated beneath us. This can be frightening. Yet, comfort and growth don’t always like to hold hands. Sometimes, to progress, we must feel the fear and act anyway, allowing the courage to dissolve apprehension. The prospect of stagnation, untapped potential, and an unwillingness to experimentation is a far scarier alternative. 

 

Change, however, isn’t inherently scary. As we explore its layers, we realise that it is incessantly preserved amongst and within us. Just like the externalities of our lives exist in a state of fluidity, so do we. We have been gifted with the ability to continually cultivate our capabilities to evolve. This sense of evolvement, which is synonymous with change, allows us to advance physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. Growing in such way is simply what is means to live, something we must be professionals at we are still here now.  Our inherent flexibility has prepared us to live dynamic, ever-changing lives. 

 

Redefining change from a negative unknown to a tapestry of positive “What ifs?” uncovers a world of boundless possibility. What if I excel? What if everything turns out even better than I anticipated? What if my inner potential surpasses everything that I have ever imaged it to be? “Portals of Change” encourages you to take this first step, to view change as exciting portals that allow us to expand our availability to life. The artwork also acknowledges that the step and consequent repercussions may not be a smooth leap of faith, as suggested by the explosions of colour. As writer Deepal Chopra puts it, “all great changes are proceeded by chaos”. Imagine a seed exploding into its roots as it bursts through the shell. Up close, it looks like pure destruction. But from a farther viewpoint, we can see that the ‘destruction’ is a creation… a change… a beginning. 

 

Embracing curiosity towards changes and new beginnings, small or large, enables us to remain open, wonderfully alive. We give ourselves grace to experiment and accept that decisions made in the past may no longer resonate with our ever-evolving selves. By cultivating curiosity for an exploration of change, of life, we can create a wholly different and better experience for ourselves. The more we experiment with a colourful variety of portals, the closer we come to understanding ourselves and entering an active and empowered relationship with change. “Portals of Change” encourages us to expand ourselves to life, pleasure, and experiences. So, let’s allow the unknown to be our playground. Let’s dare to be more human. Let’s intentionally co-create with life. Let’s embrace change. And then, let’s just watch what colours and inspiration enter our lives.

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ALL THAT IS RADIANT

All That is Radiant2023. Amber Sykes. Signed Acrylic on Canvas; 59 x 39.4 in. (150 x 100 cm). United Kingdom. 

“All That is Radiant” is a magnificent abstract that engages the viewer’s interest with its expansive dimensions, vivid array of colours, and textured composition.

 

At the lower portion of the composition, shades of saturated, majestic blue ground the painting with strength and presence. Here, multi-layers of paint, combined with an interplay of expressive brush strokes and blended marks, evoke a sense of depth and richness. 

 

From the depths of the intense shades of blue, a delicate powder blue ascends. Spanning across the tops of the light blue, a dynamic string of vibrant colour injects the piece with energy. 

 

At the upper portion of the composition, warmer cream hues provide a contrast to the cooler tones below. The use of layered and textured paint creates a surface which not only provide a visual depth, but also a tactile dimension. These textures, combined with strategically placed negative white space, introduce balance and a feeling of expansiveness, allowing viewers to breathe and fully appreciate the harmonious interplay of colour, form, space, and texture. 

 

To add cohesion to the painting, bursts of radiant orange punctuate the canvas, echoing the colour of the midsection. This not only adds visual intrigue, but also imparts a sense of vitality and excitement to the overall atmosphere. 

 

In “All that is Radiant”, the fusion of warm and cool tones come together to create an impressive, unforgettable artistic experience. This painting invites you to bathe in the joy of its radiance presence.

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A Friend

A Friend2023. Amber Sykes. Signed Acrylic on Canvas; 59 x 39.4 in. (150 x 100 cm). United Kingdom.

 

“A Friend” is a captivating abstract portrait, created using acrylic, oil pastels, pen, and newspaper collage. Through its predominantly greyscale palette and layers of texture that hint at rich history, an air of mystique is created as if it has weathered the passage of time.

 

Amidst the smoky backdrop, bursts of colourful oil pastel emerge, adding dynamic contrast to the subdued grayscale tones. These vibrant marks, etched onto the canvas with spontaneity, evoke a sense of raw expression and vitality. 

 

At the heart of the abstract lies a portrait, “a friend”, sketched with a pen in my deliberate imperfect style. The face of the man emerges from the layers of paint, with his features partially obscured by the textural elements of the artwork. This imperfection lends an air of authenticity and raw expression to the portrait. 

 

“A Friend” is a multifaceted artwork that combines various artistic techniques to create a powerful and thought-provoking narrative. It masterfully balances a contrast of elements, including light and shadow, monochrome and colour, and sophistication and ‘roughness’, inviting viewers to embark on a visual, tactile, and intellectual journey.

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we break to let the light in

We Break to Let the Light In2023. Amber Sykes. Signed Acrylic on Canvas; 23.7 x 16.7 in. (60 x 42.5 cm). United Kingdom. 

Adorned with strokes of blues, greys, and white, “We Break to Let the light in” is a visual masterpiece that tells a story. At the heart of the abstract, a split emerges, embellished with gold flakes and hints of orange paint. The split captures an act of opening, allowing radiance to stream through. This painting stands as an artistic metaphor that paints the narrative of breaking open to let the light in… a testament to vulnerability and courage.

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A CELESTIAL PASSAGE WHERE SEAS SPLIT

A Celestial Passage where Seas Split2023. Amber Sykes. Signed Acrylic on Canvas; 59 x 39.4 in. (150 x 100 cm). United Kingdom. 

Step into “A Celestial Passage”, where an enchanting storm of blue hues unfold on a grand scale canvas. Towering at 150cm tall, this abstract masterpiece commands attention, captivating all who lay eyes upon it. Each brushstroke, blend of colour, and textured element was crafted with unwavering diligence, perseverance, and passion, transforming this artwork into a testament to the profound connection to art that resides within me. 

 

The interplay of textures, layering of colours, and bold brushstrokes infuse the artwork with depth and dimension, creating a sense of vastness… like an abyss, an endless ocean. Central to the composition, a majestic white and golden split pierces the canvas, symbolising a radiant beam of light cutting through the oceans. The splatters of gold that surround the split represent a celestial gateway, inviting viewers to open their imagination and explore the boundless wonders that lie beyond. 

 

“A Celestial Passage Where Seas Split” serves as a portal to an alternate dimension or space, transporting you from the confines of everyday life and immersing you into the expanse of your imagination. In its presence, I hope you find yourself absorbed in the dance of colours and in contemplation and awe. 

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interstellar windows

Interstellar Windows2023. Amber Sykes. Signed Acrylic on canvas; 23.7 x 19.7 in. (60 x 50 cm). United Kingdom. 

“Interstellar Windows”, painted in gentle blues, greys, whites, and subtle touches of orange, transports you into an otherworldly realm. Amidst the cosmic expanse, two imperfect squares emerge like windows, offering glimpses into realms of deeper blues, streaks of orange, and white flecks that resemble distant stars. 

 

The interplay of the serene colours creates a soothing ambiance, inviting contemplation and reflection, while the seamless blending and intricate detailing adds layers of depth, guiding your imagination deeper into the cosmic dreamscape.  

 

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geometry of dreams

Geometry of Dreams2023. Amber Sykes. Signed Acrylic on canvas; 34 x 26 in. (86.4 x 66 cm). Lautrec, France. 

“Geometry of Dreams” is both innately and intentionally driven by my aspiration to create a tangible translation of our intangible world. The artwork emerged from an innovate technique known as “blind drawing”. Through closing my eyes and entering a meditative state, I tapped into more subconscious thoughts, allowing my arm and brush stroke movements to be guided by a deeper realm of imagination. A deactivation of my primary navigational sense of vision enabled me to discover the potency of my other senses and states. Operating in an altered state of consciousness felt the most intimate and honest way to access and reflect a deep subconscious, dream-like realm. 

 

Upon re-opening my eyes, I was not surprised to discover a creation which felt delicate, natural, mysterious, and sensitive. The artwork embodied the intertwining of biological and spiritual elements, revealing sequential shapes unified by a meandering line. The fragility of this line, displayed with pink-hued components at the artwork’s centre, encapsulates the ephemeral and fluid nature of dreams. 

 

To enhance the conceptual succession of the piece, I reworked it with open eyes. How can I create a tangible translation of our intangible world? I considered the composition, shapes, and colours that felt symbolic of dreams. A cool palette along with various mediums including water colour, acrylic, pencil, pen, and spray paint, helped to capture an ethereal and multi-dimensional quality. The piece that now stands before me feels and looks like the essence of a dream, and I invite you to connect with this wonderfully surreal landscape. 

 

 

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A pink and black world

A Pink and Black World2023. Amber Sykes. Signed Acrylic on Canvas; 23.6 x 16.7 in. (60 x 42.5 cm). United Kingdom. 

“A Pink and Black World” invites you to venture into a cosmic realm where contrasts and texture intertwine to create a visual spectacle. Against the black expanse, vibrant hues of pink emerge with striking intensity. This interplay between darkness and illumination resonates with the cosmos, leaving viewers in similar enchantment and wonder to gazing at the night sky. 

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skyfall

Skyfall2023. Amber Sykes. Signed Acrylic on canvas; 35.3 x 15.6 in. (89.7 x 39.5 cm). United Kingdom.

“Skyfall” is a trilogy of paintings in which the transformative power of healing has been alchemised into art. The paintings unfold as a visual narrative, encapsulate the essence of shedding old layers of oneself to embrace growth. 

 

The collapse of the sky, symbolically portrayed, reflects the dismantling of redundant tendencies. The subsequent emergence of renewal is observed in the glimpses of emerging white and orange hues. Amidst the cool and intense colour palette, it should be acknowledged that these paintings originate from a place of healing rather than suffering- a reminder of the strength inherent in vulnerability. 

 

Embedded within the canvases are small written extracts, each consisting of a few words or sentences and obscured by paint or written in faint white ink. These hidden words serve as testaments to the emotional experiences that fuelled the creation of this trilogy.

 

The paintings’ compositions emanate a sense of chaos, achieved through the absence of negative space and through bold brush strokes. This technique not only represents the collapse of the sky, but also the dismantling of a particular version of oneself. 

 

The implosion of purples, blues, and black depicts the scene where a colossal need for personal transformation reaches its summit. The sky begins to fall, obliterating the familiar landscape of one’s life. And yet, amidst the chaos, they remain standing. And if not standing, curled in a ball. And if not curled in a ball, simply remained. 

 

“Skyfall” displays an act of courageous defiance met with vulnerability. In embracing one’s vulnerability, need for change, and removal of ego, their soul is laid bare as they stand closer than ever before to their depths and truths. This moment signifies a part of them being laid to rest, allowing the rest of them to flourish. “Skyfall” is simultaneously liberating and frightening and beautiful- necessary for evolution.

 

The strokes of luminous whites and yellows symbolise a fresh start. Bright, so bright, like liquid light. An exquisite grace that will guide one back home to themself. 

 

 

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the sun will rise once more

The Sun will Rise Once More 2023. Amber Sykes. Signed Acrylic on Canvas; 19.9 x 15.7 in. (50.5 x 40 cm). United Kingdom. 

“The Sun Will Rise Once More” is a captivating abstract that embodies the interplay of colours and textures. Dominated by a palette of blacks, oranges, and yellows, it invites viewers into a sensual and vibrant experience.

 

The artwork is a multi-dimensional and layered composition, with a textured surface that invites tactile exploration. While it lacks distinguishable forms, “The Sun Will Rise Once More” offers an understanding and development of harmony, depth, and balance within its abstract realm.

 

The fiery and saturated orange tones create a striking visual contrast against the darker blacks, giving rise to a dance between the vitality of a fire and the mysterious depths of smoke. The interplay of colours evokes a sense of passion and warmth, inviting viewers to immerse themselves into its intensities.

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liberations dance

Liberation’s Dance2022. Amber Sykes. Signed Acrylic on Reclaimed Canvas; 27.6 x 15.7 in. (70 x 40 cm). United Kingdom. 

In “Liberation’s Dance”, I poured myself onto the canvas, fully and freely. Using my hands as the paintbrush and my soul as the substance, I broke free from perfectionism that had confined me for three hours prior.

 

Why did I initially hold back from expression? I asked myself as “Liberation’s Dance” came to a completion. Why did I inhibit the truth of myself, even in the privacy of my own studio?

The introspection that followed led me to realise that a withdrawal from expression is not an uncommon tendency independent to me. In fact, most of us frequently deny ourselves and the world the delivery of our unique voices. But why?

 

Of course, functionality has its role. We require a functional shell to navigate social conventions and to accommodate to situations. Yet, the tragedy arises when one’s whole life is premised upon conformity, expending their energy to try and be ‘normal’. It is a tragedy to censor the truest parts of self-expression and forfeit weirdness for acceptance. Or worse, when societal chains are so tight that, even in privacy, we suppress our creative voices. 

 

Creativity thrives when we grant ourselves the liberty to transcend beyond the functional shell that society imposes upon us so we can reconcentrate ourselves from all the diluting and shrinking. Creativity is a moment where we won’t just step outside of the box, but we obliterate the thing, finally pouring ourselves all over. Like I did with “Liberation’s dance”, I released the yearning that was craving to use my bare hands to smudge and slide and fling paint all over. And what more? Void of shame. 

 

In this expressive artwork, I have constructed a new realm where fear is exchanged for self-compassion. Liberation’s Dance invites you to embrace your own expression by ultimately doing whatever causes your soul to dance. Uniqueness is our most wonderful human attribute, and it only becomes more wonderful when shared. 


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Technicolour Peaks

 

Technicolour Peaks2023. Amber Sykes. Signed Acrylic on Canvas; 23.6 x 31.5 in. (51 x 25 cm). United Kingdom. 

“Technicolour Peaks” transports viewers to a breath-taking world where nature’s majestic peaks meet an explosion of vibrant hues. Dominated by shades of blue, this mesmerising painting showcases a series of glorious mountains against a backdrop if a deep, velvety blue night sky.

 

At the apex of each peak, an array of colours breathe life into the canvas- vivid greens, fiery oranges, passionate reds, radiant yellows, and vibrant pinks. These brilliant bursts evoke a sense of aliveness and creativity, as though the peaks are alive themselves. Above, the deep blue sky displays the ethereal dance of the Northern lights, their glimmering white ribbons complementing the flecks of stars.   

 

“Technicolour Peaks” draws inspiration from a profound experience of my life where I climbed the highest mountain in England during the middle of the night. Once I arrived at the top, with only me, the love of my life, and the emergence of a sunrise, I expressed a sensation in a written note: “I am standing on top oof and looking over this great mound of perspective. The vastness makes me feel small, yet stood here, I feel larger than this life”.

 

 

This painting invites you to share the transcendental moment of climbing a mountain whilst appreciating the beauty of nature… of our peaks. If you feel a deep sense of connection with nature, you may feel a deep connection with “Technicolour Peaks”.  

 

 

 

 

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leaning into malleability

Leaning into Malleability2023. Amber Sykes. Signed Acrylic on canvas; 33.1 x 24.3 in. (84 x 59.5 cm). United Kingdom. 

With grace and fluidity presented in the centre circular movement, “Leaning into Malleability” encapsulates the mental state of ‘being in the flow’. Inspired by the teachings of psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, this artwork captures an experience of being “so immersed in a feeling of energised focus, full involvement, and enjoyment that we lose sense of space and time”. As the artist, I am transported to this beautiful state each time I paint, where hours pass by like minutes. “Leaning into Malleability” took around six hours to create yet only around thirty minutes in my mind. During that time, I became so absorbed in my work that I was nowhere but completely there, present, and I could not leave until I felt so connected with the outcome that it felt bound to my very being.

 

This optimal state of intention and awareness can be attained in any activity, be that washing the dishes or solving a physics equation. “Leaning into Malleability” can become a medium for cultivating this immersion, with shades of blue, white, and cream creating an ambiance of serenity and presence.

 

Should “Leaning into Malleability” find its place in your space, my hope is that it serves as more than a painting- it creates a sense of calmness within you, embodying the essence of ‘being in the flow’ as if the barriers between yourself and the activity at hand dissolve. Just as I lean into the process of creation, may “Leaning into Malleability” remind you to lean into the flow of life. 

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serenity of the mountains

Serenity of the Mountains2023. Amber Sykes. Acrylic on canvas; 19.9 x 15.7 in. (50.5 x 40 cm). United Kingdom. 

“Serenity of the Mountains” is an abstract painting that blends the essence of tranquillity and strength. Set against a backdrop of an ethereal blue palette, three mountains emerge with a touch of abstraction. While the seamless blend of blues evokes a sense of serenity and dream, inviting relaxation and contemplation, the mountains stand as symbols of majesty and strength. 

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growing

 Growing2023. Amber Sykes. Signed Acrylic on Reclaimed Canvas; 23.6 x 31.5 in. (60 x 80 cm). United Kingdom. 

“Growing” is a dynamic and textured creation that pulsates with vitality. The central spectacle- an explosion of colour, springs to life against a backdrop of creamy white undertones and textured layers.

The vibrant hues and spontaneous composition presented in “Growing” encapsulate the very nature of growth and transformation- fluid, unmapped, natural, boundless. The process of growth and transformation is a dimension that can be easier explained through art, rather than through articulation.

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mr moo

Mr Moo2023. Amber Sykes. Signed Mixed Media on Canvas; 23.7 x 16.7 in. (60 x 42.5 cm). United Kingdom. 

Introducing, “Mr Moo”, a captivating mixed media portrait brought to life through a vibrant blend of acrylic, oil pastels, pen, and collage. Each marking of materials contributes to a textured richness that invites both visual and tactile exploration. 

 

At first glance, the charismatic expression of Mr Moo invites a light-heartedness and almost humorous air to the portrait. The carefully subdued colour palette along with vibrant and lively scribbles evoke a sense of playfulness that captivate the viewer’s imagination.  

 

Yet, beneath the surface lies a deeper layer of meaning. Obscured snippets of writing, achieved through tears of newspaper text and biro pen, reveal thought-provoking words and profound questions… “Is this real? That’s the golden question”. Mr Moo’s enigmatic expression influenced me to inject such phrases; he appears to know many hidden secrets of the world and summons you to contemplate with him. 

 

A combination of Mr Moo’s quirky and charismatic expression, the intriguing fusion of a colourful and subdued colour palette, mixed-media elements, and the enigmatic selection of words, makes “Mr Moo” a personal favourite of mine. Creating this piece allowed me to channel my interest for both deeper conversations and artwork, and I am truly delighted to share it with you. 

 

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love dissolves it all

Love Dissolves It All2023. Amber Sykes. Signed Acrylic on Reclaimed Canvas; 23.7 x 19.7 in. (60 x 50 cm). United Kingdom. 

“Love Dissolves it All” stands as a visually captivating and emotionally evocative artwork that incorporates text to convey its powerful message. Set against a vibrant pink background, the spray-painted white text commands attention, with its message invoking feelings of passion, energy, and love. 

 

As a graduate in linguistics, my deep appreciation for words led me to adopt a different approach from my other abstracts. Here, text serves as the central communication, and artistic techniques have been employed to amplify its impact, including contrasting colours and partial obscuring of the text with blue paint- symbolic of love’s ability to ‘dissolve’. 

 

The statement “Love Dissolves it All” is inspired by the shared experience of a longing for intimacy, one that extends beyond romantic love to encompass all forms of companionship. This intimacy is revealed through connections, merging, vulnerability, and love. As conscious beings, we all possess the capacity to love, yet many of us shy away from this very maintaining force of our world. This hesitation to love may arise form a fear of the depths of our love, or barriers we have created to avoid pain, or a higher interest in self-preservation. Or, perhaps, when we are sitting in an endless loop of confusion, exhaustion, and uncertainty, it feels easier to dwell in our sorrows than to look up and see love that surrounds us. Whatever our reasons may be, this artwork serves as a reminder to recognise when we have remained in the coldness for too long, as it is in our acknowledgement that a doorway is opened to the warmth of love.

 

It is overly ambitious to claim that unkindness and adversity does not exist in the world. The limitations that we all possess make our existence bounded by at least a fraction of coldness. However, the artwork advocates for the fundamental decision that despite life’s limitations, we can still choose to loveLove has the power to alter our realities, our own worlds, and correct wrongs, graciously. It takes courage to orient towards kindness and love in the face of adversity, but this is an act of diffusing it all with love. It takes respect to assist unpleasantries with generosity, but this is us choosing to offer our love, shamelessly, and without condition. 

 

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A WILDFIRE OF AMBER

A Wildfire of Amber2023. Amber Sykes. Signed Acrylic on Canvas; 30.1 x 24 in. (76.5 x 61 cm). United Kingdom. 

A red, orange, and black painting inspired by a poem that I had written a few weeks prior:

 

“In the fiery embrace of the orange and red haze, a sultry dance of desire unfolds. Like a moth to a flame, you draw near; closer, closer, the entwine of two hungry souls. You are oblivious to the heat for the incandescence of the union takes lead. You are oblivious to your loss of religion and senses and immortality. The mighty force of the wildfire of Amber causes all inhibitions to fade. 

 

In this moment of worship, you must not indulge in your emotions as you enter an unchartered dimension of devotion. Breathe. Breathe, slowly, slowly, as embers softly glow. Breathe, as the passion of the flames rise. Breathe, as you feel the heat envelop you. Breathe in this moment of willing surrender. Breathe, breathe, until suddenly, you are burning passionately together, one with the wildfire of Amber.”

 

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collective symphony

 

“Collective Symphony” is showcased in Fairhurst Gallery, located at the University of York library, and will soon become an addition to the Universities Art Collection. 

The exhibition’s overarching theme revolves around mental health, aiming to shed light on the “critical issue of mental health, and to showcase the creative expressions that help to explore, heal, destigmatise, and raise awareness about mental wellbeing.”.

 

Upon reading the theme, I decided that, rather than creating something pristine and polished, my object was to offer a raw and unashamed expression of depth. Not only do I want to convey that excellence does not hold a place above experiment, but also to show that we do not have to inhibit the truth that both our inner and outer world can be complex and messy. We do not have to pretend to ourselves or others. We are the home of a spectrum of emotions- anger, fear, sadness, ecstasy, confusion, love. This endless range of emotions is the human experience. And at university, where the work is displayed, students are certainly faced with this human experience… sometimes, all within an hour. Life can be difficult to navigate for everyone, particularly for those with hyper-analysing minds and insatiable curiosity (which, from interactions, I have found makes up 95% of “everyone”). 

 

This artwork allows a space for everyone to feel seen, heard, and understood- a place where they can feel a part of something. Although I am the sole creator of the painting, it is collaborative in nature as I intend to create something that serves as a portal to many minds. Additionally, viewers will join me in the collaborative process through shared open discourse and interpretation surrounding it. 

 

“Collective Symphony” has the potential to help students and other viewers rekindle their relationship with creativity, since it is something that we all inherently possess, though may not realise. Once we claim our creative capacity, it becomes a mediating outlet during challenging times, especially when words fail to articulate our emotions. 

 

 

 

 

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A Chromatic portrait

 

A Chromatic Portrait2023. Amber Sykes. Signed Acrylic on Canvas Board; 23.7 x 16.7 in. (60 x 42.5 cm). United Kingdom. 

Set upon a slim canvas, “A Chromatic Portrait” presents creamy-coloured hues that serve as a background for a symphony of small and vibrant small abstract elements. The abstracts that are cohesively dotted around the canvas are joined by meandering lines, creating a harmonious narrative that draws you into the journey. 

 

This creation emerged from my innermost self, a space of honesty, where raw emotion, love, and intricate thought guided me. This led to the naming of this artwork- “A Chromatic Portrait”. Although it encapsulates the essence of my individuality, it is also accompanied by a deeper recognition of the human experience in its entirety. As you stand before it, I invite you to explore your own connections within this artwork. 

 

A poem that I crafted after contemplating the significance of “A Chromatic Portrait”: 

“This piece feels like me. It is a canvas of my being, the colours of myself, my abstract identity. Me, myself, I. Egotistical? Perhaps. Though perhaps not. Can it be egotistical when I see not only beauty in the painting, but also suffering? Yes, I see light, but it is prefaced by darkness. I see community, but can you not see the unspeakable lengths of isolation? There is pride and there is shame. There is control and there is surrender. I see a soul within this painting, the depth of a soul, and the soul is as equal in joy and sorrow.”

 

 

 

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not afraid of play

Not Afraid of Play2023. Amber Sykes. Signed Acrylic on Canvas; 23.4 x 16.5 in. (59.5 x 42 cm). United Kingdom. 

“Not Afraid of Play”, an expressive abstract, celebrates the joy of play in adulthood. Set against a backdrop of deep blue, the artwork establishes a sense of depth. The blue expanse symbolises wisdom and maturity, qualities constructed by life’s experiences. 

 

At the artwork’s centre lies a vivid burst of colour, radiating youthful energy, serving as a visual embodiment of play. The bold and daring pink paint splatter that intersects the canvas adds to this essence, whilst also infusing an element of wonderful spontaneity. The artwork’s interplay of maturity and playfulness stands as a reminder that, even as we grow into adulthood, play and childlike creativity can remain. 

 

“Not Afraid of Play” invites you to appreciate the beauty of both your inner child and maturity. The artwork suggests that, as we age, we do not have to replace the child in us with Adult, but rather that we can just add Adult to Childhood in a harmonious co-existence. When both things work together, a beautiful and enriched experience is created. 

 

As you gaze upon “Not Afraid of Play”, allow it to be a reminder that the essence of play never leaves us. It’s not that we don’t grow up, we cannot deny time because we are subject to it- circumstantial evidence such as our aging skin and our greying hair proves so. Yes, the passage of time ages us, but it cannot eradicate our ability to play. We can always, always return to our playgrounds. 

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tranquility

Tranquillity2023. Amber Sykes. Signed Acrylic on Canvas; 33.3 x 23.6 in. (84.5 x 60 cm). United Kingdom. 

In the stunning embrace of “Tranquillity”, a blue-green abstract comes to life, offering a captivating journey that spans mighty oceans, cosmic spectacles, hypnotic dreams, and geological wonders. Awe and contemplation penetrate through all interpretations of this the artwork. 

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out of the orange

Out of the Orange2023. Amber Sykes. Signed Acrylic on Reclaimed Canvas; 35.4 x 23.8 in. (90 x 60.5 cm). United Kingdom. 

“Out of the Orange” is a stunning abstract that delves into the realm of expressive emotions. Crafted with precision and spontaneity, the artwork is a symphony of colours, textures, and varying techniques that entice you in. 

 

The colour palette chosen for “Out of the Orange” is carefully considered, with predominant shades of blue intertwining with bursts of burnt orange. The pairing of these complementary colours creates a beautifully rustic and organic fusion, where the deep blues provide a backdrop for the orange to radiate. 

 

“Out of the Orange” is characterised by the scraping and textured effect produced with a palette knife. With bold and intricate knifework taking dominance over brushwork, the painting feels energised and dynamic. 

 

At the centre of the composition features a circular movement, both framed and artfully obscured by surrounding knifework. The fluidity of the circular motion harmonises with the rigidity of linework, creating an immersive flow. 


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Light in the Dark

Light. inthe Dark2023. Amber Sykes. Signed Acrylic on Canvas; 23.7 x 16.7 in. (60 x 42.5 cm). United Kingdom. 

“Light in the Dark” is a unique abstract that beckons viewers to immerse themselves in a textured world of visual and emotional complexity. The canvas bursts to life with a dynamic interplay of colours, emanating warm undertones of cream, salmon pink, purple, and fiery orange. Dramatic strokes of black paint cascade downwards and, serving as a focal point, the words “Light in the Dark” are boldy presented in striking red. This contrast of creamy undertones and black paint create a captivating contrast that mirrors the narrative behind the painting, which is inspired by a reflection that I captured in a short extract in 2022:
“If our depths can hold the darkness, they can just as surely hold the light. There exist infinite layers within us, and on either end of the spectrum, like the sun and the moon, love and hate, yin and yang, there exists two opposing forces of light and dark. Both darkness and light have an appropriate place, though there are moments when we can lean too far into the black abyss, allowing it to seize control. We should not be afraid of the dark; so we are able to stand up straight and face it fully. Even if fear does accompany us, we must face it, afraid. For at times, all the darkness seeks is acknowledgment- hear it, feel it, see it, and then, with newfound embracement, we can regain control and gently send it back to sleep. The guiding light within us will illuminate our path back to our harmonious equilibrium.”

 

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quiet confidence

Quiet Confidence2023. Amber Sykes. Signed Acrylic on Canvas; 35.4 x 23.8 in. (90 x 60.5 cm). United Kingdom. 

“Quiet Confidence”, with its varying shades of white, blue, and grey, along with hints of black, evokes a sense of quiet confidence. Rather than shouting with declarations of bright colour, it harnesses the depths of its darker hues to stand as a testament to understated strength.

 

Just as the colours exude a quiet sense of confidence, its composition mirrors the balance between boldness and subtlety. Bold forms and large gestural marks confidently and gracefully sweep across the canvas, infusing it with a sense of dynamic movement. These large movements complement with the more intricate elements, echoing the duality of quiet confidence. 

 

“Quiet Confidence” invites viewers to explore the unspoken strength that transcends the need for grand declarations of colour. It is a visual ode to the power of self-assuredness, where calmness and confidence intersect to create a statement. 

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language of art

The Language of Art2023. Amber Sykes. Signed Acrylic on Canvas; 16.1 x 12.1 in. (41 x 30.8 cm). United Kingdom.

 

“The Language of Art” is a captivatingly intricate abstract that transcends linguistic barriers, inviting observers into a realm of visual, emotional, and artistic communication. Designed through an interplay of acrylic paint, pen, and oil pastels, this creation speaks a language of patterns, textures, and a blend of vibrant and muted colours. 

 

The canvas pulsates with vitality as a tapestry of details span its entire surface. Despite the business of the artwork, the artwork does not feel overcrowded; it exudes a sense of complexity, energy, and harmony. Every inch of the canvas presents a unique point of engagement, encouraging viewers to embark on an artistic exploration. 

 

The compositions depths and intrigue are accentuated by various techniques, including snippets of indiscernible handwriting, meandering lines that traverse the canvas, and bold, expressive marks of oil pastels. Upon close inspection, these elements may initially appear chaotic, yet from a distance, there appears to be a hidden order, such like a language.

 

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welcome to the jungle

 

Welcome to the Jungle2023. Amber Sykes. Signed Acrylic on canvas; 31.5 x 25.6 in. (80 x 65 cm). United Kingdom. 

“Welcome to the Jungle” is a vibrant and intuitive painting brought to life through the fusion of acrylic, pen, and oil pastels. Every inch of the painting is bursting with artistic expression, details, colour, marks, snippets of writing, and dribbles of paint. The canvas is an immersive jungle of creativity, transporting you on an uninhibited journey where intuition soars and creativity reigns. 

 

As I placed a pen to the canvas, ready to etch any words that immediately came to mind, the phrase “Welcome to the Jungle” spontaneously emerged from within me, as seen in white pen in the centre-right. The landscape that stood before my eyes was indeed a jungle – untamed, adventurous, free. It is a testament to the untamed nature of the jungle. If you delve deeper into the jungle, inspect a little closer, you will discover the intricacies of this enigmatic world, its secrets revealed in obscured words and marks. 

 

 

 

 

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