Jess Hazell is a self taught painter from Queensland, Australia. She moved to London in 2017 to further enhance her practice and focus on her creative career. Now residing in East London, she focuses on oil paintings that illustrate feminine energy, power and cultivation.
With a strong emphasis on reclaiming human sexuality from society set standards and expectations, she has found a passionate and thought provoking subject matter that seeks to portray eroticism as a way to reconnect with one's self and discover a higher level of self love. Jess's body of work is a narrative that works to highlight feminist issues and empower women by exposing the raw beauty of feminine energy.
Jess has had numerous exhibitions across London and recently has exhibited her work in shows in Prague and Athens. She is currently represented by Hansford and Sons' Emerging Artist Platform based in London and Yugen Art Gallery based in Milan, Italy.
My work stems from feminine empowerment. Conjuring conversations surrounding sexuality, self-love, body positivity, trauma and a personal erotic relationship; I try to embody as much emotion within a vibrant colour palette and isolation of body parts. My work is usually against a white background to ensure the boldness of the figure is not distracted. I primarily work with oils as the texture is softer and allows for more layering, which lets me implement more depth of colour and emotion.
I look at a body like I look at a landscape. Tracing the contours of the skin like you follow the horizon through mountain ranges. It has so much depth and beauty that you can't help but feel safe and in love. It's powerful and unapologetic because it's unique, just like our bodies. I believe in a strong cultivation of self, essence over identity and a powerful soul. We are more than just a vessel, we are an entity that cannot be limited or constrained.
Women are dealt a hard deck of cards when it comes to beauty standards. We constantly strive to hit that target of perfection that just doesn't exist because we look to what society's version of that is. Beauty is not a written rule book, it's not defined by an almighty image or routine. Beauty is dirty, weird and sometimes unattractive. Settling into who you are and feeling sexy, even in the most unsexy of moments is BEAUTIFUL. That's what I'm trying to portray.