Meili Paints – Expanding the idea of painting

Ameillia Franks paintings are a true celebration of art. Her work has a vibrancy and painterly quality. Although her colour pallets are usually unplanned before hand they seem harmonious in the way they are positioned and layered in their forms.

Ameillia Franks paintings are a true celebration of art. Her work has a vibrancy and painterly quality. Although her colour pallets are usually unplanned before hand they seem harmonious in the way they are positioned and layered in their forms.

Based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, Ameillia studied at York College until June 2017 where she specialised in Fine Art. She then continued her studies in Fine Art at Leeds Arts University where she has expanded her practice to combine Sculpture, her love of painting and sculptural forms very much go hand-in-hand.

I caught up with Ameillia to find out all about her work and what we expect to see from her…

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Whats your background?

Art has always been a part of my life but I started to study it more seriously at York College where I specialised in Fine Art and now I’m currently studying at Leeds Arts Uni.

What made you decide to go down the path of Fine Art?

Funny story; I couldn’t decide to specialise in fine art or textiles so my friend wrote each of them on a piece of paper, I chose the hand that had fine art in it! I still have it!

Why do you do what you do?

Really, cause I love art and doing what I’m doing but I guess it’s a kind of release for me.

Tell us about your practice. Where did it stem from and how has it developed?

Well I used to like doing biro drawings but always liked painting too, at College I discovered my love of Abstract painting accidentally when making an artist book – painting from photographs abstractly. But now I’ve moved onto sculptural sort of paintings. I like to think of it as sculptural paintings, not painted sculpture.

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Who and what inspires you and your practice?

It’s always hard to say what inspires me but I think mostly from things I see around me, shapes and forms that I subconsciously extract from everyday life.

What does your work aim to say? What does it aim to address/express?

A lot of my art work is about form and colour and the power of it and trying to expand the idea of what a painting can be, so I like people to feel something when they see it and make up their own mind on what they think it could be portraying. I do research into Psychology etc. and find it interesting how our brains will either be challenged with the shapes you see but can also subconsciously recognise the shapes and associate things with them.

Either way, you’re engaging which I love!

Would you say your work comments on any current social or political issues?

My work isn’t really political at the moment but I’m wanting to possibly add some of that sort of stuff into it in the future.

When approaching a new project/piece of work what is your initial starting point?

There’s lots of ideas always flying around my head so when it comes to a new project I might start with an idea but I often struggle with thinking of an initial idea so usually I just start painting and that always gives you the ideas eventually. I just go with what feels right at the time and keep on developing it into something I’m happy with. Or try too at least!

How do you work?

I work very instinctively, I don’t really plan the actual shapes or colours I paint. However, if I am cutting shapes from wood I’ll usually have an idea of what type of forms I’m wanting to achieve.

Who are your biggest influences?

I can’t think of any particular influences right now but I definitely take inspiration from other artists and just the every day world and people around me I suppose! And I have creative friends who like to encourage me to push myself.

What are your goals and ambitions for your practice in the next five years?

The dream goal is to be able to pay the bills from making my art! But I have no exact plan, having my own business would be cool or even being an art therapist maybe? So I’ll just keep making art and see where it takes me! It might take me down a completely different root who knows, but as long as I’m happy doing what I’m doing. – It’d be nice to make a mark on the world somehow.

What role do you think the artist has in Society?

I think the role of an artist in society is important; to show people new things and to spread the creativity! Creativity is sooo important.

Name three of your favourite Artists

Too many favourites but 3 artists I like are Aaron curry – I love his sculptures
Yayio Kusamas – her coverings of a full room is so cool! And Thomas Nozowkis compositions in paintings are lovely.

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Although Ameillia and Meili Paints are only just starting out in the creative journey I get a strong sense from her that there is lots more to watch out for.

Follow her Instagram – @meili_paints

Creative Sphere Instagram – @gc.creativesphere

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