"Despite the variety of work in my portfolio, my feeling is that it all contributes to the one painting that we spend our lives working on. Each body of work is a record of my searches and discoveries.
And every time I think, 'this is it, I have found what I am looking for,' invariably after a run of a number of pieces, the body of work comes to a halt and a new inspiration surfaces. Even when I’m convinced the halt is temporary it gets overwhelmed by a new arrival.
I think I aspire to find that one body of work that says it all. The one that moves me and the viewer, to touch something deeper within us, that ultimate connection. So I don’t believe I have arrived. I have tasters along the way and different pieces invoke different qualities. I have had an opportunity to explore and understand different materials.
Perhaps I haven’t been ready for that commitment, still running around the maze rather than stepping over the threshold.
I live in the West, it is easy to get caught up in the striving for originality and authenticity, but I am not sure that they are key to a sustained practice. A practice that takes us beyond impact and the wow factor. I sense that to be moved requires something more sober.
I am returning to one work created in May 2020, titled, ‘Calm in the Storm.’ Stripped of all that is superfluous, painting that is reduced to painting itself, to its own essence.
This is the starting point of where I am currently committing."
Lulu Manasseh is a British artist/maker living in London, England.
Lulu studied at Wimbledon School of Art and then went on to Leeds Metropolitan University completing a Bachelor of Arts in 3-Dimensional Design.
She was awarded ‘Young Designer of the Year,’ by the Royal Society of Arts in 1992. With the travel bursary she travelled and explored the art and cultures of South America, India and parts of Asia. More recently her work has taken her to India, Morocco and Thailand.
In 2016 Lulu's paintings were accepted by the Royal Academy of Arts for the Summer Exhibition, and was shortlisted in 2019. In 2018 Lulu had her first solo show at Gallery Elena Shchukina in Mayfair, London.