Studio Visit

Andrea Mongenie


The power of her final compositions relies on a sense of ritual: the inexplicable harmony between objects, colour and place.

Born in Paris, Andrea studied fine art and printed textiles at University of the Arts, London. She began her career working in the film and tv industry before pursuing a career as art director and stylist for interiors and still life shoots. She currently works from her studio in North London.

Andrea's practice spans from painting and collage to set design and installations. It centres on the interaction between shape and colour, balance and discord.

She uses play to cause disruptions between light, texture and movement in her compositions, inviting each element to interact with the components surrounding it, before settling into a final landing point.

The power of her final compositions relies on a sense of ritual: the inexplicable harmony between objects , colour and place.


Q. Tell us about yourself and how you came to be an artist…

A. I was born in Paris, I was always drawing so moved to London to study fine art and then printed textiles at University of the Arts, London. I began my career working on film and TV sets, before specialising as art director and stylist, working on interiors and branded photo shoots. I have always been obsessed with composition and colour, so there has always been a common thread running through the different things I do. Painting was always something I did but not something I shared with the world. And as of a couple years ago now I do both. I have a studio in North London.


Q. What is your creative process?

A. I like listening to music or podcasts, and I like painting with lots of natural light. Mixing colours is such a satisfying ritual. Colour and colour palettes are often what gets me excited. When it comes to composition there’s often an element of play, movement. For me it needs to have some unexpectedness, so I don’t have a fixed process, the process evolves organically. 


Q. Where do you draw inspiration from?

A. I take pictures, I do a lot of paintings from landscapes, from my surroundings and from my travels. I’m attracted by abstract textures and materials. I love painting outdoors, but I mainly get inspired when I’m in the studio working on a painting, seeing where it takes me.

Q. What is your relationship with social media?

A. I love taking pictures, I really enjoy the lighting and composition side of taking photos. Instagram has been a great platform for me to share my work. But sometimes it's easy to overthink it, the rule I have for myself is if you like it, you post it, however imperfect it might be.


Q. What makes you excited about the future?

A. I’m excited about all the new female artists I see popping up on Instagram everywhere! It really inspires me. I get excited about a world where the image little girls have of ‘an artist’ isn’t necessarily a man (when I grew up ‘an artist’ was Jackson Pollock, not Lee Krasner).


Q. Are there any quotes or mantras that you particularly connect with?

A. I would give you a quote but the internet and 'inspirational memes' have ruined quotes from artists forever. Something along the lines of ‘painting is therapy’. It really is the thing that gets me into the studio and keeps me working, knowing that it’s good for my brain.


Q. Describe your work in three words…

A. Colour, Balance, Imperfection






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