Freya first started making art during her foundation year at Central St Martins. She then moved to Glasgow to study at the Glasgow School of Art, where in the last three months of her degree she found her passion for painting. Freya’s paintings can be described as contemporary still-life scenes inspired by domestic life. She is inspired by the colours and compositions she gathers from visiting allotments, viewing other artist’s work, looking at her sink… and friend’s sinks. In May 2014, a fire struck the Glasgow School of Art and all of Freya’s work was destroyed. Freya’s paintings are influenced by the anxious feelings the fire left about being close to home and the idea of homes as a sanctuary.
Freya’s biggest achievement is recovering from the loss of all her work due to the School of Art fire. After the fire, she remembers feeling uncertain about her future as an artist. She, however, started painting a month later at a studio in Glasgow and never looked back. Freya is really enjoying her new studio in Assembly House because of the light and the space, she is even losing her paintbrushes there is so much space! She also enjoys the company of the other artists, and the communal, inspiring feelings they bring. When she isn’t painting you can find Freya having a pint in the Cardigan Arms or scouting for the perfect black coffee in Headingley.
You can check out more of Freya’s work at freyastockford.co.uk and on Instagram - @freya.stockford