Isabel Rock is a creator of contemporary fairy tales. Her work is an explosion of strange occurrences while a surreal narrative takes the audience on a journey into the imagination.
Taking inspiration from Japanese woodblock prints and Indian miniature painting Rock has developed a unique collage technique that combines bold structures with large-scale woodblock prints and intricate detailing. The subject is a grand mixture of humour, drama, hidden morals, fanciful characters, modern culture, mythical beings and fantastical situations.
Rock creates a world that pulls you in and demands your attention. Quality of line is paramount, the drawings are created using a dipping pen and acrylic ink or a squirrels hair brush found on her travels which can only be bought in India.
Born in Hammersmith, London in 1981, Rock’s destiny was to be an artist. Studying Fine Art Printmaking at The University of Brighton and graduating with First Class Honours in 2004 she went on to do a Masters Degree at The Royal College of Art in London, continuing her studies in printmaking and drawing, graduating in 2008.
Her first solo show at Bearspace Gallery in Deptford, London in April 2009 sold out and was the beginning of a career that continues to rise. Rock participated in the first ever India Art Summit, now the India Art Fair, where her detailed and intricate work was met with great appreciation from collectors and public, she continues to exhibit there.
In 2009 Rock bought a port-a-cabin as a studio and parked it in a field in Twyford with some rabbits for company. In the following four years of creativity she participated in international residencies in India, Iceland, Germany and West Africa as well as building up her portfolio and exhibiting at various galleries internationally.
2013 saw Rock winning the Arts Foundation Printmaking Fellowship, a £10,000 award given to emerging artists in certain fields, only six are awarded each year. This funded a move to Berlin and the opportunity to take a Japanese woodblock print course. The vibrant art scene in the city seemed to be the perfect place to make the next steps in her career and has proved to be a valuable creative inspiration. Alongside the visual images you can now experience the written side of Rocks' work in the form of short stories which she performs at events and are always received with much hilarity.
Rock is currently based in the UK, dividing her time between Liverpool and London and creating ever fantastic artworks. She recently participated in 'Surface Cutting' a show at The Royal Academy devoted to printmaking. You can buy works from the show, including the popular 'Papaya Don't Preach' woodcut through the RA website.
Rock is always looking for new and exciting projects, if you have anything you would like to discuss or propose please get in touch.