Partnership Editions is a curated platform that aims to make remarkable art affordable for everyone. The brainchild of Christie’s and White Cube alumnus Georgia Spray, who founded the business in 2017, Partnership Editions is a curated platform that unearths accessibly-priced original artworks by 24 of today’s most talented emerging artists– a starting point for anyone looking to start or enhance their art collection.
Each piece of art has been made exclusively for Partnership Editions and signed by the artist. Partnership Editions then brings the artists to new audiences through its beautifully designed website, pop-up exhibitions, supper clubs and workshops.
One artists that stands out of us right now has to be Jessica Yolanda Kaye, who’s simplistically intricate pieces are a light reminder of moments passed. An Australian artist based in London, Jessica’s artworks are created through continuous line drawing that explores the way people think, feel and act in relation to others and themselves. Fascinated by the fine-line that separates complexity and simplicity in human psychology and behaviour, Jessica seeks to explore these things in both her process and aesthetic.
At first glance Jessica’s style is pared back and minimalist, however there is a layered and complex process to reach this result. It begins with a series of sketches, taking complex moments in time from her reality and works away at them bit by bit, finally reducing the image to a single line. Always working in collections, her art becomes a form of therapy, and informs a greater understanding of herself and the world around her.
“My process is instinctive yet detailed, beginning as expressive sketching and evolving to a more intentional, refined mark-making. This interplay between abstraction and precision is a constant source of tension in my work.
I grew up painting hyper-realist oils and watercolours but as much as I loved the thrill of painting “3D”, I was mirroring not expressing.
I felt disconnected from my art and disconnected from myself. So, I made a conscious effort to unlearn as a painter and as a person. As I dismantled my art, layer by layer, I began to dismantle my mind.
Everyday I fight the urge to ‘perfect’ but line drawing has helped me see detail in a different way… not in what’s added, but in what’s left out.” – Jessica Yolanda Kaye
Jessica has a series of collections that include Summer 2020, Spring/ Summer 2020, High Summer and the Orange series (pictured above): “When I spotted this paper in a little art shop in Florence, I was immediately drawn to its bold, burnt orange colour. It had a certain strength to it, yet when I noticed how delicate the paper was — with it’s gentle texture and deckled edge — it reminded me that strength and softness go hand in hand. This contrast made me think about this very duality as it exists in all of us, and how fast we are to overlook or dismiss our softer, more delicate sides. This series explores the strength behind sensitivity.” – Jessica Yolanda Kaye
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