Isabella Cotier is an artist based in Dalston, born in London and raised in Florence. She is a modern day Flaneur - a continual observer of the people and passing moments around her, which she documents from life in her sketch books. She has a wonderful talent for capturing the humour, loneliness and tenderness of the human experience and in particular the experience of people living in the city.
The sketchiness and impulsiveness of her line is paired with a very deliberate use of colour which often helps to reinforce a mood or bring to life the personality of her subjects. She has a clear interest in the clothes of the people as much as their expression or body language - perhaps one of the reasons that she has recently collaborated with Gucci on a range of “Street Style” t-shirts and sweatshirts, as well as frequently creating artwork for Vogue.
Her work is refreshing in the way that she profiles both ordinary and extraordinary people, but never “normal” or “perfect” people that we are so constantly privy to via social media or in glossy magazines. Her work is honest and relatable.
(Photography by Freya Clayton-Payne )