Joslin Koolen is a visual artist and designer from Adelaide, South Australia. Born to Dutch migrants, Joslin’s early life was a riot of colour and magnificent natural beauty as she grew up between Nigeria, the Netherlands, Asia and Australia.
Her early experiences, particularly with the Filani tribes people in Nigeria inspired a strong sense of colour and form which would later be reflected in her screen printed fabric designs and bold use of hues.
Koolen cites her formative creative influences as Dali, Mondrian and Whiteley. Her striking canvases could well be called Mondrian-esque even today.
A graduate of the University of South Australia’s Design school, Koolen has expressed her exceptional creativity through forms as diverse as floral and textile design, screen-printing fabrics and creating one-off handbags and garments. Her transition to the medium of paint and canvas began in earnest in 2008, as she discovered “a new way to breathe” through painting.
A desire to explore India and the yogic lifestyle further, Joslin started planning a trip to India for 2009 and from there, the imaginings began. Her debut exhibition Road to India was held in Adelaide at the Art Café – Higher Ground in June 2009 to critical acclaim.
It was always the artist’s intention to paint her experiences and responses on her return to Australia. The resulting exhibition - an exploration of contrasts, extremes, acceptance and beauty, In My Own Skin documents one woman’s journey to her heart.
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