Celia Fernandez
Celia Fernandez is an award-winning artist and is frequently represented as a finalist in prominent Australian art prizes. She started first exploring photography, but once she discovered the Op Art movement woke up a dormant passion for painting and effects, giving her a new path that she has explored up to the present. Self-taught, Celia spent many years learning through practice, observation, analysis, reading and experimentation before she decided to pursue a career as an artist, with the last few years focusing on painting. She explores optical effects via her geometric abstractive painting style, which is fascinated by the perception of movement that can be achieved by the combination of colours and variations in contrast. Inspired by two of her major influences, Bridget Riley and Yayoi Kusama, she developed her own original technique. Through the use of dots, she explores shapes, colour fields and reactions through layering, colour combinations and gradation of shade. Her almost hypnotising pop pointillism displays a great amount of precision and detail playing with the illusion of perfection. Her work is experimental, original, intuitive and playful, a delightful representation of contemporary Art. Her paintings are all about perception of movement, so it made sense for her to jump into the digital world where she can explore deeper into this sensorial experience. Her approach for her NFT works is about transformation and transition, similar to the one applied in her signature panting technique where colours are transitioned from their original nature to their lightest version creating a new range of effects and perspectives. Using this same principle for her digital works, she takes her original paintings through a journey of transformation and evolves them into different versions, all the way until a whole new language is found and the piece is transformed into a new version of itself.