"Ah! How many times have my own dreams risen up before me, as actual things, not to replace reality but to tell me how they are similar to it."
- Fernando Pessoa, Livro do Dessassossego
Ingrid Style was born in England and spent her formative years in Brazil before pursuing her art studies at the Ontario College of Art.
Her focus has been the human figure, and her work reflects the magical and whimsical graphic expressions of great English artists such as Aubrey Beardsley, Charles Ricketts and Arthur Rackham. Some of Style's larger works are coloured with a tropical brilliance that recalls Byzantine mosaics and the paintings of Gustave Klimt.
In her drawings, expressive faces and figures emerge from entwined volutes and entanglements suggesting the struggle of birth as well as the search for release from anguish.