SOAS University of London

SOAS student brings artistic flair to entrepreneurialism

4 December 2013

Second-year BA History student Holly Templeton Belli at SOAS, University of London has used her creative skills to launch a business producing commissioned artwork.

The self-taught painter, who started Vulcanworks earlier this summer, most recently completed a monochrome Medusa mural with fellow artist Ruby Boorer for Angel Cuts and Tattoo in Islington. The parlour has also agreed to exhibit Holly’s work along with other artists later in the year.

Medusa mural
Medusa mural, by Holly Templeton Belli and Ruby Boorer

Holly said: “I was inspired to start this business over the summer when I was looking at ways to earn money. I’ve always really enjoyed painting so thought why not use this skill – I eventually looked into branding, getting business cards, etc, and started a website to showcase my work.

“I’m still working on developing my style of painting and SOAS is the perfect place for inspiration! I’m really interested in South East Asian Art so look forward to exploring this more.

“I am looking forward to future exhibitions and would love for other SOAS students to take part. There are so many talents in people that just don’t get used, so this would be a great opportunity for SOAS artists to showcase some of their work!”

Details of the exhibition at Angel Cuts and Tattoo will be confirmed soon. Holly’s work can be viewed on