Latisha Reihill creates textured abstract paintings inspired and influenced by the qualities and histories of buildings and landscapes. Graduating in 2019, Reihill has obtained several awards and recognitions for her work. Her work is in numerous private and public collections in Northern Ireland, R.O.I, Scotland, London and the USA. Her work can be found among the permanent public collection at the Belfast School of Art as well as a part of the Dean Hotel collection in Cork.
"Fermanagh born; Edinburgh seasoned. I’m now based in Belfast working from my studio at Platform Arts. I studied Contemporary Art practice in Edinburgh before moving to Belfast to study painting at the Belfast School of Art. Through studying two very different courses in Art, it has pushed my practice into what it is today. The crux of my practice is materiality focusing mainly on the materiality of surfaces both manmade and natural. I set out daily to challenge myself and the limitations of painting, pushing the boundaries of the conventional painting techniques and methods. Abstract shapes and colours begin to emerge from the canvas through subconscious memory, resurfacing to life through the movement of the brush strokes. My story often grows into a new dialogue for the reader as it enables them to see things that they remember. Story telling has always been a passion of mine, images in books are the first stories we understand as children, we draw before we can write. I keep this in mind as I’m developing my pieces, trying to comprehend the visual stories around me. My paintings usually bare personal names of places I have been impacted by, the thought alone lends itself into the painting and the painting becomes an embodiment of an unspoken memory." My paintings are often playful, their colours and textures tease off the canvas creeping out from the 2D into the 3D. The layering of colours and textures creating body on the canvas is often about digging. Digging into memories, ripping up parts and leaving a raw and rough surface disguised under playful colours.”