Amangiri by Isabelle Feliu

Oslo-based illustrator Isabelle Feliu looks to the far-flung corners of the world for inspiration. Her whimsical paintings instill a sense of wanderlust, depicting impeccably dressed women in some of our favorite places — Jaipur and Marrakech, to name a few. Here, we chat with the young artist to learn more about her unique style.

The art bug first bit when…
It’s hard to point it out… I feel like I have always been interested in art. It was amazing to realize that everything could be a source of inspiration — it made everything much more interesting and It helped me to live more in the moment.

Lido – Poolside by Isabelle Feliu
My signature style…
High-waisted jeans and a turtleneck

My favorite subjects to paint…
Women in imaginary places.

My preferred medium….
These days, gouache.

My art influences…
So many! Matisse, Pierre Boncompain, Louise Bourgeois, Milton Avery… I can’t name them all.

Lonely in Marrakech by Isabelle Feliu
The places that inspire me most…
Marrakech! I also recently traveled to India, where I discovered stepwells and the city of Jaipur. I think about these places whenever I don’t know what to draw.

Favorite accounts to follow on Instagram…
@mirandamakaroff’s pictures are an impressive work of color and composition — mixing fashion and travels — and I often check them out for inspiration. I also love how @chaa_coco & @hillergoodspeed translate simple thoughts through their sketches. They are very relatable and, if I am feeling low, it always makes me feel better to look at them

I never travel without…
A little sketchbook and a set of watercolors

If I could work anywhere in the world…
I would work from a beautiful riad in Marrakech.

The last three places I traveled…
Vienna, Budapest and Dubrovnik

Au Café de la Jungle by Isabelle Feliu

Another Breakfast Totem by Isabelle Feliu

Baoli Imaginaire by Isabelle Feliu

Cancer Horoscope for Marie Claire magazine by Isabelle Feliu

The Way Back by Isabelle Feliu

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