Colourful Illustartions From BAFA Graduate Quaymberley Dudley

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Who is Quaymberley Dudley and what do you do?

My name is Quaymberley and I always get asked how to pronounce it. It’s pronounced the same as “Kimberley” because of the “Quay”. My parents give me a different story every time I ask them where it comes from.

I’m an artist living in Johannesburg and I am just starting out. I completed my BAFA at Wits in 2014 and have been developing my own freelance illustration business since.

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How would you define your style or art?

I like to use a lot of colour and to keep it playful. My fine art practice is completely process-based and this leads to a range of different styles surfacing. I would like to stick to a specific style and be known for it but for now I am going to continue to experiment.

What inspires your work?

I find inspiration in the quiet moments, in the darkness of my room, during a pilates or yoga class, on a boring train ride with my notebook, on a 10km run, or when I walk my dogs. The best ideas come when I am doing something repetitive like knitting, cooking or painting a wall.

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What are you currently working on?

For my fine art, I’m planning a new body of work, filling sketchbooks and shooting reference photographs. Leenykova, my illustration business is taking off and I spent a lot of time developing ideas and drawings.

What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?

I think the most important thing to do is find your passion, the thing that gets you up in the morning. It may take a while to figure out what that is, but it is worth it. If you love what you do, everything is easy and does not even seem like work. I always knew that I wanted to be an artist; it just took me a very long time to realize it and make it happen.

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What has been the highlight of your career thus far?

The highlight was seeing the quality and quantity of the body of work that I made for my BAFA final year of study at Wits. Not knowing what to make or do, I began with researching femininity, race and gender and stuck with these frameworks for the whole year. My tutors brought out the best in me. There was no way of knowing what the final exam pieces would look like because it was a process. My year ended with an explosion of colour on 10+ large scale paintings and a huge, vibrant and energetic painting covering my entire studio space.

Where can our readers follow your work? ?

Lately I’ve been jumping between fine art and illustration, but luckily the two tend to feed off each other. My fine art portfolio is at www.quaymberley.com and my illustration work is at www.leenykova.blogspot.com

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