Paint and Pixels

Mixing traditional and digital media.

Glitched Oil Paintings

These works are a series of meditations on painting within a visual culture dominated by digitally-produced imagery. The intention is to contrast the materiality of traditional painting with digital aesthetics: hiding (mimicking digital reproduction) or showing the painterly and inconsistent precision of the human hand. Another focus is to render images using painted analogues for glitch phenomena, like rastering and pixel-sorting, as well as pitting improbable or cubist perspectives against digital realism.

Glitched Watercolours

These images are sourced from covertly-taken street photography. But in an inversion of CCTV imaging, subjects are photographed from behind, removed from their context, and subsequently indexed (through their titles) chronologically and through the reductionist qualifications of being clothed and carrying an item. 

In the second panel of the work, the 'draped, bearing' subjects are seemingly reanimated by means of an 'analogue' glitch involving a piece of computer hardware. This reduced and obscured image is a trope for the versions of ourselves compiled by data analysis and data-mining organisations.


About... British-Canadian artist Valerie Zwart studied at the University of Toronto and OCAD University.

A sustained interest in subjective experiences of environment motivates Zwart's practice, which is mainly studio-based, but includes teaching and writing. Her studio is at Patrick Studios in Leeds, UK.

Her work is held in numerous private collections in several countries as well as in a number of corporate collections.



Currently two courses are available: Keeping Your Head Above Watercolour and Small Format Oil Painting Get in touch via email: connecting{at} or via social media (below, left).