AAH YES Studio
This month we caught up with Bristol’s AAH YES Studio. Artist designer Ayesha Pearce founded the studio in 2020. With a background in graphic design, Ayesha creates bold, colourful and joyful artworks in digital print and original oil paintings. The prints often depict everyday objects – but ones which tell us a story or encourage us to imagine a humorous side to them. Discover what inspires Ayesha, how graphic designs influence her work and what she most loves about her new home in Bristol.
Can you tell us how AAH YES STUDIO came about?
I set up the studio originally to do branding and graphic design. I’d worked in marketing for a really long time and wanted to immerse myself in the creative side of things a lot more.
I was finding that almost all of my clients wanted digital-only work and so I started creating prints and paintings as a way to put something physical out into the world with my stamp on it.
Lockdown gave me some time to experiment with putting more of myself into the studio and now I mainly run it as an art practice.
Your work has developed from graphic design into painting. Can you tell us more about the starting point for your paintings and does your background in Graphics play a role?
What a great question! I still use graphic techniques to create all of my pieces.
They start life in the physical world, as hand cut card, sculpted clay or other found objects. These organic forms have really interesting irregularities that would be very hard to replicate digitally.
Once I have a set of forms I’m happy with I’ll scan them and turn them into illustrative compositions using graphic techniques. I love working on a computer to compose. It’s so flexible & freeing and I can quickly run through ideas & iterations without wasting resources in the studio.
Once I have a couple of artworks I’m happy with I’ll get them onto the canvas and start painting.
Moving the art between physical and digital spaces allows wonderful intricacies to emerge. For me, it’s these subtle marks and obscurities that elevate a piece, adding a depth and complexity without overcomplicating the subject matter.
The use of colour is important in your art. Are you inspired by other artists who incorporate colour into their work? And which ones?
Definitely. Secondary to the forms themselves, colour is what gets most of my attention. My work tends to straddle abstract and figurative and colour is where I can help the viewer make sense of what is on display.
My prints have always been very saturated and vibrant but with paint it’s a little different. At the moment I’m enjoying deeper colours, rich browns, deep reds paired with bitter yellows. I like to explore tension in colours and see if I can use palettes containing shades I wouldn’t usually choose to see what happens.
Currently; Galina Munroe, Irina Patrusheva and Bertrand Fournier. I love what they’re creating and always excited to see what they’ve been up to on Instagram.
AAH YES prints are playful and offer the viewer an escape, why is that important for you?
A lot of the art I’m personally drawn to has an element of childlikeness to it. I’ve always loved creativity that comes from play and joy so I guess it’s a mirror of that.
I like to work with objects and moments from daily life, relatable happenings that often go unnoticed, unexplored and unappreciated.
For me, the fun part is getting really interested in what is considered utterly uninteresting, to take something dull and make it shine.
I get so much from seeing a piece I love, it lights me up and takes me in. If I can create that for even one other person that would be a pretty awesome thing.
You’ve just moved to Bristol from London, how are you finding it?
Bristol is incredible, there is so much going on here and everyone is so lovely. It’s naturally smaller and quieter than London but that’s actually been a welcome change after a few very crazy years.
It’s enabled me to have a bigger studio which is opening up opportunities to create in new ways.
I do adore London though, a little bit of me will always be in Hackney.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently working on a collection about the ‘dark side’ of plants. It’s an exploration into how something beautiful and natural can also be a bit sinister. I’m having a lot of fun visiting botanical gardens and researching plants at the moment.
The focus for this series is on paintings, I have 7 in work, but I’m thinking of adding in some assemblages and prints too at some point. Maybe even something sculptural!
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