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Contemporary British painter and printmaker
Iona in her studio

Iona in her studio

As a colourist, I felt that the screen opened up a whole new world – enabling me to layer in thin luminous colour. Every mark is on show – nothing can be hidden – it’s like putting your soul on paper.
— Iona Stern

Contemporary British painter and printmaker

Iona’s semi-abstract paintings and prints have a base in landscape and figure. Her use of colour is free with gestural marks, capturing light, movement and mood.

Her work is an expressive response to place and memory. The resulting paintings are lively abstract landscapes and figures. Iona uses a variety of media and techniques in her work ranging from oils and collage to silkscreen.  Her colourful acrylic monotypes are painted directly through the back of a screen and display a luminous energy and vibrancy.

Her figurative work starts with life drawing and painting. She uses the figure as an abstract form, placed within the whole to form a design. She uses her figures combined with stencils, graphics and free mark making. With her joyful use of colour her works convey, life, energy and optimism. 

Iona has a BA Hons in Art & Design from Canterbury College of Art and worked for over 30 years as an advertising art director and designer. For the last six years as an artist, she has worked as a painter and silkscreen printmaker. 

Iona exhibits regularly in galleries and with Saatchi Art at The Other Art Fair. Her prints are shown at For Arts Sake, Ealing, and prints and paintings with the Fine Art Consultancy. Iona works from her studio in Ealing, West London. 




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Online galleries:
For Arts Sake — Saatchi online