Training: Painting and printmaking; one year study of a Fine Art degree headed by Richard Hamilton at Newcastle University; completed one year of a Fine Art degree, headed by Richard Hamilton and Victor Passmore; Fine Art degree obtained at Camberwell School of Art, London. She has lived in London, Kent and now in Sussex.
Technical information: Although Maia Spall’s degree is in painting and printmaking, she has chosen now to specialise in painting, exploring various painting mediums as part of her process of image making. She may use in her work oils acrylics, acrylic inks. spray paint, collage or oil pastels. The size of the surfaces she uses can vary but there is a preference for larger dimensions as small surfaces are more challenging to Maia’s vision of the scenes/vision/ideas she wants to portray. Her paintings range from 30 x 30cm to 140 x 125.5cm.
Influence of other artists: As a child Maia was given the gift of a small representation of a Russian icon which became very special to her. When she was at art school, she was influenced by Sonia and Robert Delaunay with their exploration of colour and light. At that time, she felt she was emotionally impacted by the exhibitions of Max Beckman and Mark Rothko. Her later paintings have been described as Turneresque at a time when she lived by the sea in Whitstable, Kent. She then started producing seascapes. She discovered in retrospect that she had unwittingly been using the same method of applying paint as Turner, which gave the colour application and spaciousness with a likeness to Turner’s seascapes. Her favourite artists are those that explore abstraction. She gives as examples artists such as Nicholas De Stael, Gustav Singier, Patrick Heron. Her great love is the work of Scottish artist Joan Eardley.
Gallery exhibitions: Greenwich, Blackheath, Whitstable, Canterbury, Folkestone, and Ascot. Online exhibitions: Green Chair Online Gallery; SICA International; SICA Britain; SICA-USA.