UK-based artist Faye Halliday creates art that's inspired by a combination of her travels, her attempts to inspire love, creativity, and adventure in others, and her desire to understand and capture beauty. She uses ink and intricate patterns to create elaborate portraits of animals and symbols. “I've always been inspired by beauty. Never on a superficial level, but more so as a concept; an interpretation and what it means to different people.”
Halliday calls the journey of her art Haathi, which came about during her experience at The Elephant Festival in Jaipur, Rajasthan. For this single day of the year, elephant owners celebrate and embellish the beautiful creatures with vibrant colored scarves, headdresses, saddle cloth, and heavy jewelry while people perched atop sprinkle colored powder. After the Festival, she was compelled to explore the concept and perceptions of beauty around the world.
Halliday declares that her works of art are her visions of beauty, soul, and “interpretation of the world and this ‘idea' translated onto a piece of paper.” She believes that the concept of beauty is universal at some level, and that “every culture has their own perception of this idea that connects us as human beings.”
A selection of the artist's beautifully detailed creations are currently available as prints, t-shirts, and phone cases through her online store. Faye also donates a pound from each t-shirt sale to Kids Company, a charity that supports deprived inner city children.
All images via Faye Halliday.