Astrid is showcasing her work, available at the new online Runway Gallery
With a background as an illustrator in trend forecasting, Astrid Vos began posting her fashion drawings and portraits on Instagram in 2016 and captivated top designers and industry creatives.
Now in demand as the world’s go-to artist for capturing backstage looks at global fashion events, her lively model sketches sit alongside her private portrait portfolio. We caught up with Astrid – now exhibiting with the Runway Gallery – to discover what inspires her.
Q. What’s your art background?
‘I studied drawing at the Fashion Academy in Arnhem, then for 13 years I worked in Paris for a top global trend-forecasting agency. After this I settled in Amsterdam where I drew for various advertising companies before launching my work on Instagram.’
Q. How do you describe your style?
‘A bit edgy and dangerous. I like to challenge the viewer; there are lots of layers and depth to my portraits to reflect the personalities I am trying to capture.’
Q. What’s your creative process?
‘First I need to be intrigued, and then it becomes very simple. I use gouache, watercolour and chalk and focus on colour, line and texture.’
Q. What inspires you and how important are trends to you?
‘The energy of fashion. Fashion is not superficial, it is like art, it reflects our progress and our evolution. Trends are enormously important for me because they reflect the pulse of our society and are constantly evolving.’
Q. Any words of advice for people who want to buy art?
‘Buy it because your heart wants it, NOT as an investment. Art should make your soul happy – so if you spot something you like, trust your instinct.’
Q. Who is your favourite artist?
‘Without question, Rothko – his paintings have so much depth and his work always speaks to me.’
To buy original prints and artworks from contemporary artists look no further than the new online Runway Gallery.
This new digital gallery curated by artist SYRETT showcases 14 celebrated artists, who exhibit internationally, including Astrid Vos, Bruce Atherton, Louise Dear, Dara Vandoor and SYRETT. Prints start from £200 for limited edition prints.
Artist SYRETT also runs the Soho Salon Supper Club – where you can talk to artists and view their work. Tickets cost £45 and include a cocktail, life drawing class and three-course dinner at Soho’s Scarlett Green restaurant.
Have we inspired you to curate your own gallery at home?