Graphic Impressionism

Solveig’s genre-defining style creates vivid, detailed scenes that are graphical and impressionistic in nature. Her dazzling style and dynamic colour palette breathe life and movement into her paintings


What is graphic impressionism?

Graphic impressionism is Solveig’s genre-defining style, based on the theories of impressionistic technique expressed through 19th century Paris-based artists such as Monet and Van Gogh.

The Impressionists portrayed overall visual effects instead of details, and used short “broken” brush strokes of mixed and pure unmixed colour – not blended smoothly or shaded, as was customary – to achieve an effect of intense colour vibration.

Solveig achieves this effect with shapes of colour instead of brushstrokes. She applies pure areas of colour inset with an opposing/contrasting colour to create an energetic edge that gives vibration and life to her art.

Energetic creations

Importantly, Solveig creates the look and the feel of the energy through the psychology and juxtaposition of the colours used. Solveig invites people to ‘walk into’ her paintings, to be greeted by the feel of the colour and light.

She strives for her paintings to more compelling than a mere decorated surface. Her portraits engage you with an energetic presence and being-ness.

Using colour theory as the Impressionists did, Solveig developed a wonderful, natural way of working within the spectrum. With all the colours that light provides, she captures the light as it dances across the form and plays on the surface.

To the eye, her technique creates reality. It creates the impression that immediately allows the brain to be there, to see, to recognise.

Solveig avoids the colour black wherever possible as it deadens other colours. Shadow is created using the opposite colour to the one depicting the form. This creates a richer, more alive representation.

Solveig’s mission is all about bringing the 3D image or subject ‘to life’ on a two dimensional surface.

Shadow Play - Graphic Impressionism

Shadow Play by Solveig. Acrylic on board. 2018.