Genna Wise began her artistic career in 2007 after finishing a foundation course at London’s Slade Collage of Fine Art. She then began selling her paintings through one of Covent Garden’s art galleries. Having explored expression via a variety of mediums, she then went to Orsoni in Venice to learn the art of mosaic. She mastered the traditional method of cutting Italian glass using a hammer and hardy.
She soon realised that mosaic art was her creative passion in life and from then on her career came to life. She was quickly noticed by the Chief Executive of the worldwide publishing company Opus Media and was commissioned to create pieces for a number of high profile clients. These included HRH Prince Turki of Saudi Arabia, Cirque Du Soleil, Sachin Tendulka, Nelson Mandela , Michael Flatley, Usain Bolt and The Vatican.
Genna found that it was important to create a visually rich and nourishing environment to work in. Her studio is based in a beautiful old mill in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Here she began experimenting in mosaicing her indoor wooden furniture.
‘There is nothing like a handmade, soul-inspired creation. I love the idea of having a fully functioning piece of art in my home that is adored and used every day.’
She has an eclectic style, ranging from classic contemporary to distinctive ‘naivety’. Genna is now exploring mixed media collage Art using a combination of mosaic and illustration.
“ I love the contrast between the intricate textures of Smalti mosaic glass with simple illustrated naïve style characters overlaid on top. It becomes a feast for the eyes and imagination”.