Born in Derby 1967 The artist studio is based in Heage where she lives and works. Mandy has been drawing and painting as long as she can remember since a little girl aged just 3, she has always had interests in arts and creativity. Mandy would be drawing and painting at every opportunity day or night. She is inspired by life and everything around her, it was the same with colour I was able to see colour that others may not see just seemed to be able to see so many colours and bring them together through her own eyes. Mandy enjoyed art and everything about it creativity runs in her veins. As a young gymnast Mandy was constantly expressing herself through music and dance and these different creatives were her world my family encouraged this. A late starter as a professional artist having worked full time and bringing up a young son but she still drew and painted at every spare opportunity that was all she wanted to do.
In the late 90’s after redundancy an opportunity arose to study the History of art the Impressionists era she felt drawn to them especially Monet the salon de refuse and their eagerness to express art in their own way drew her attention this lead to other interests in the modern art world artists such as Andy Warhol and Gustav Klimt their life and stories intrigued her, further more Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’keeffe all have been an influence. After yet another redundancy due to a recession in 2008 there were no jobs for a long time in the area and took the opportunity to become a self-employed artist and shared a gallery and studio space with a local photographer, eventually opening her own small studio Muse art Gallery & studio and exhibited her arts together with local artists and even held her own mini art festival, it was an amazing time and it grew well by its own nature a lovely local gem that everyone loved. Unfortunately due to a downturn in the recession decided that sadly it was time to close and to go back to her home based studio to concentrate fully on her artworks. The artist loved being in the studio to express her art she loved to paint oversized portraits and landscapes including Pop Art. Her idea’s of life are interpreted into art it is a constant process in her life. The artist paintings are an interpretation of herself, her thoughts my sensitive’s, dreams and emotions and how she see's see life around her.
In 2007 I had one my first art exhibition’s at View From The Top Gallery in Nottingham, followed by Studio 61 Gallery.I have exhibited in various Art gallery's as shown in exhibition information.
Public Art Exhibitions
DepArtures Art Exhibitions EMA, East Midlands Airport, 2012
Desperate Artwives Public Takeover was held outside TATE Modern on 6 August 2017. The event was led by curator and artist Amy Dignam and artist Susan B. Merrick, Desperate Artwives all over the world participated in the event. As a previous member of The Desperate Artwives collective living in England Mandy-Jayne Ahlfors participated via social media using the hashtag #uniteddespitethedistance.
The National Gallery of Justice Museum in Nottingham, Aqueduct Cottage project, Cromford. Further exhibition information.
Aqueduct Cottage, Cromford, Derbyshire-A collection of wildlife and landscape paintings to public highlight the surrounding area, Wildlife and the Aqueduct cottage and its history.
Art in Lockdown 2020 by Nottingham T.V presenter, curator & artist Marysia Zipser of A.C.T. of Beeston.
Magazine publication Artsbeat.
Dripping Mini Cooper view here by Saatchiartonline curated Pop Art.
Artists and Illustrators Magazine 2009
Palette Pages by Curator Lisa Gray of FLUX exhibition and FLUX Magazine
Cult House by Curator JA Neto
Positive Minds Blog
The Happy Idiot Blog
The New Fat Design Agency, Nottingham
Saatchieart online in the PopArt Collection
Artist & Illustrator 2009
Featured art exhibition at The National Gallery of Justice in Nottingham on BBC East Midlands News
Best for service by Houzz 2016
Previous Gallery Owner Muse Art Gallery & Studio, Heage, Derbyshire
Member of The Midlands En Plein Air Group.
Previous member of Belper Arts Collaborative the Belper Arts Collaborative the first local art Festival held in 2013 founded by George Grumby and Suzanne Parnell.