Lot 347 - Harriet Porter - ...Calm
Oil on Paper
A6 (10x15cm) original artwork
Signed on verso
Harriet Porter is a London-based artist specialising in still life painting. She uses this traditional discipline to create contemporary minimal pieces inspired by her fascination with light. Working closely from observation, she creates pared back compositions of single solitary objects emerging from deep shadows or basking in soft daylight. The objects are sourced from her growing collection of antique silverware, but rather than depicting the object itself, she focusses on the shapes of tones in her view: these elegant reflective vessels exist simply as part of their surroundings, blending into – and defined by - the space around them. She works over time, gradually building layers of glaze, these subtle gradations of tone creating the illusion of slow quiet movement, like a calm river on a still summer’s evening. Porter's preoccupation is informed by her 30 year career as an art director and stylist. Working in film and photography, she found the camera increasingly frustrating. As a capturing device it became insufficient to describe the wonder with which she perceived the shimmer that constantly caught her eye. Through the solitary process of painting she has been able to achieve more accurate results.
Central School of Art and Design BA Graphic Design
19822020: Beaux Arts Bath - Solo show. Affordable Art Fair Battersea / 2019: Cameron Contemporary Brighton. Beaux Arts Bath.The Stratford Gallery Stratford-on-Avon.
Affordable Art Fair Battersea. Affordable Art Fair New York / 2018: Cameron Contemporary Winter Exhibition. The Stratford Gallery Stratford-on Avon. Jane Newbery Gallery Dulwich. Affordable Art Fair New York. Fresh Art Fair Cheltenham. Affordable Art Fair Battersea / 2017: Cameron Contemporary Brighton. Jane Newbery Dulwich Village. Affordable Art Fair Battersea / 2016: Cameron Contemporary Winter Show. The Stratford Gallery Stratford-on-Avon. Affordable Art Fair Battersea / 2008-2015: Cameron Contemporary: Black White Light Dark. Affordable Art Fair Battersea. JP Art Gallery Battersea. Orso Major Gallery, Waterloo. Edinburgh Art Fair. Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair Battersea. Blackheath Contemporary Art Gallery. The Ice House, Holland Park. Union Club Soho. Londonart Pop-Up Gallery Dulwich. Affordable Art Fair Hampstead.
Russell Cotes Museum, Bournemouth. Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries ('08,'09)
Beaux Arts - Bath; Stratford Gallery - Broadway Wilts; Cameron Contemporary - Brighton
About the postcard artwork
These beautiful Georgian vessels sit quietly in their space, reflecting their calm surroundings with a shimmering glow.