Sehila’s paintings explore her fascination with the behaviour of cool and warm colours. The shapes she uses are informed by her drawings of interiors and the deconstruction and subsequent reconstruction of those drawings. The transitional spaces of staircases and doorways are of particular interest to her as they create opportunities for ‘framing’ marks and colours within the picture plane.
Whilst studying for her MA in Fine Art at University of Chichester, she was Emerging Artist in Residence at Chichester Festival Theatre, where she benefitted from wide access to the building and close contact with two of the theatre’ productions. Oaklands Park House and Pallant House are also significant resources for her study of interiors.
Sehila has a background in textiles, having taught C&G Embroidery in Chichester and Bognor Regis. She is a keen hand spinner and knits for relaxation.
Artists who influence her work include: Hans Hofmann, Dan Perfect, Mali Morris, Matisse, Chris Ofili and Albert Irvine.
Sehila Craft is currently studying for a foundation diploma in Tapestry Weaving at West Dean, having completed her MA in Fine Art at the University of Chichester graduating with merit in September 2015. She obtained her BA(Hons) in Fine Art from Surrey Institute of Art & Design, now University for the Creative Arts, in 2002.
Craft has exhibited her work in London, Harrogate, Chichester, Farnham, Lewes, Partridge Green, Midhurst, Portsmouth, Eastbourne, Kent, Worthing and Cornwall.