Born in 1982 in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Currently living and working from Bristol, UK. Graduating in 2008 from the University of West England with a First Class (Hons) degree in Fashion Illustration and garment design.

Growing up in a small Cotswold town sparked a passion for nature from a young age. Her Father worked as a commercial printer when she was a child, filling the house with paper, which encouraged a love of drawing. 

In 2001 at the age of 18, Gemma was a passenger in an RTA. Suffering serious injuries, including several spinal fractures and life went on hold as she progressed through a long period of recovery. The aim to get back onto an artistic path helped her move forward with her life. At nearly 20 years on from the accident her detailed and stylised works have been exhibited across the globe. She now lives and works from her studio in Bristol with her husband contemporary artist CopyRight.

After graduating in 2008, Gemma worked within the fashion industry as a print designer. Her contemporary style experimenting with pattern and texture has now been applied to her artistic practice. Exploring emotional connections, the meaning of life, love and loss, drawing on the things that make us all human and her own life experiences. Her beautiful artworks have crossed from high street fashion labels to gallery walls, interiors and street art murals. 

Clients have included  Facebook NY, Cannes Lions Festival, ASOS, TopShop, Claridges, Latitude Festival, Bristol Life Magazine, Mercure Hotel Group, Novotel and New World Trading Company.

Mini documentary 'Inspirit' created by Friction Collective.

Having a near death experience from such a young age has become like a shadow that I live alongside. It is a lingering presence throughout my day. And although I have no visible injury anymore, I have chronic pain which can be physically exhausting and emotionally draining at times. Art for me has become not just a career but a therapy. A couple of years after my accident I discovered Frida Kahlo’s works and it ignited something in me because our personal battles with physical health were very similar. I loved the way she wasn’t afraid to show that in her work and it allowed me to embrace my experiences and be braver and bolder with my artistic practice and I hope that my work will do that for other women too.
My art will always come from a darker place. I try to create something beautiful but with a little ‘shadow’, a little truth that nothing is infinite and for life to exist there must also be death. I like to use a lot of symbolism in my work with natural form, florals, insects and birds, elements with short life cycles. Something that is so beautiful but is only present for a short time. I paint a lot in shades of blue, which is representational of 18th century porcelain, depicting my physical fragility after my accident. The portraits I create within my work are depicting a strong female presence, a ‘Mother Nature’ or a Goddess. I want my work to be emotive but also more importantly powerful, because I believe that’s how all women should feel.
— Gemma Compton