Bold and vivacious, the art of Felicity Jane is undeniably eye-catching and thought-provoking. 23-year-old local artist Felicity Houben is the talent behind the art, and like many creatives has been drawn to create art since she was young. Explaining that she’s been practising art in some form “pretty much (my) whole life”, Felicity studied art throughout high school and then took her creative education into her own hands.
Drawing guidance from artists she follows on social media, Felicity has worked on developing her unique style through “mostly trial and error”. Initially opting to use primarily pencil and fine-liner in her illustrations, Felicity has recently begun to paint impressive mural-style works on a larger scale, recently exhibiting these painting at the RAW Adelaide ‘Ovation’ showcase.
Felicity’s works are bursting with whimsy, colour and life. However, arguably the most significant aspect of Felicity’s art is her desire to represent diversity and difference within her works. Embodying notions and values such as freedom, feminism, equality and self-love, many of Felicity’s works are laced with symbolism and embedded with messages. Felicity states one of her goals as an artist is to create works that “makes people stop and think differently”, a goal she is certainly achieving.
Felicity’s creative inspirations stem from those who are unapologetically embody individuality – she states, “I like to capture people who have differences”, often opting to portray people who are “unapologetically free” in her works. Among Felicity’s inspirations are RuPaul, Amber Rose and Dita Von Teese, for their respective advocation of LGBTQI+ rights, feminism and embracing femininity and sensuality. Feminism in particular is a foundational ideology for Felicity, and to her represents “equality in every way, of every gender”. Aiming to critique and dismantle gender stereotypes through her artwork, Felicity believes everyone should educate themselves on these issues, as they are extremely pervasive throughout society. She explains that “stereotypes are perpetuated very subconsciously”, and only through developing an understanding of these issues can we begin to consciously recognise and evaluate them.
Though having already achieved a lot as a young artist, Felicity states that she feels most accomplished when people simply find joy within her artwork. Having just relocated to the UK, Felicity plans to continue to create art overseas and work towards her goal one day hosting her own exhibition.
Stay up-to-date with Felicity’s works or get in contact with her via Instagram: @felicityjanedesigns
All images supplied by Felicity Houben.