Ophelia Buchelin is a French-born abstract artist. Raised by two painters, her world has always been made up of colours. At a young age, being dragged into museums, her passion for art was awoken. After completing her Literature Baccalaureate in 2014, she decided to leave France for good, to discover the world and herself. Her adventure started in Barcelona where she was amazed by the street art. She then moved to London and fell in love with the Tate Modern, all the galleries and the art community. Her journey then took her to Australia, she first spent some time in Sydney, then ventured off on a road trip up the West Coast. After a few months living in the car and witnessing nature’s wonders, she settled in Perth where she started painting. It is in Switzerland that the young artist dove deep into her practice and dedicated most of her time and money in her art, she rented a studio and invested in large canvases. Ophelia started study-ing at the Zurich Art School but rapidly decided to stand away from artistic moulding to find her own way in the art world.
I’ve been born in a world full of labelling, explanations and descriptions. I’ve been born in a world, where you have to explain who you are, conform your self; and I’ve never dealt with it well. It always felt like a burden, always felt limiting. From a young age I had a longing for freedom but also a deep need to express myself authentically. From trying to make sense of it through philosophical concepts, to leaving France at 18, I dedicated most of my young adult life to feel free. All these things didn't really help,words weren’t enough either, they still felt like a cage. In my quest I started painting and discovered a new world. A world with no boudaries. Timeless. Limitless. Whatever feeling arises, there is always a way to express it: colours, movements, deepth; everything is possible.