Kith and Kin
Philomena Harmsworth’s latest exhibition is about how people gather together and is showing, very appropriately, in The New Steine Hotel in Brighton. Sparked from earlier work also exploring café culture, this most recent collection comes in two forms.
The first form is working directly from life. Working like this reveals insightful behavioural characteristics, which find their way into her pictures. Sitting with friends having treats, she can be part of the group and watching the group almost at the same time. This form involves going directly for movement and stance, and the speed of painting is key to capture group interaction. Time is limited and enlists the instinctive part of painting. The outcome is light, unlaboured pieces, where the characters twist and morph in and out; capturing movement.
These intuitive pieces feed into the second form used in this exhibition. These are narrative paintings that Philomena produces in the winter. These are contemplative pictures that consider deeper dimensions and techniques; developing her themes of metaphysics. The building is the people who frequent it and vice versa. The two new substantially-sized narrative paintings, which form part of the Kith and Kin exhibition, both embody those two reversible sentiments. One is inside and about the stories of the café goers. The other focuses on how the narrative of the building interweaves with the enticingness of it as well.
Philomena’s extraordinary paintings, whose brush strokes make you feel like you are taking part in a novel, can be found at the New Steine Hotel, Brighton the whole of December through to the 15th of January, including the Brighton Xmas Open House. If you would like to meet the artist she will be at the exhibition Saturday 7 th and Sunday 8th December 11 – 5pm only.
Artists tap into thunder, like a conducting rod, and translate it into sounds and images. There’s not just thunder in Philomena Harmsworth’s pictures; but also music, movement, languorous lines, light and colour, darkness and silence. The silence exists in the eye of the storm, the absence of light or sound between lightning and thunder, and the thrill of expectation. Philomena’s new exhibition at the New Steine Hotel, Brighton, explores this dichotomy between thunder and silence.
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Artist Philomena Harmsworth and author David Stuttard will host a special celebration of Olympic Sailing coming to Dorset with a glass of wine, an exhibition of Philomena’s new Olympic-themed paintings and a few words from David on the ancient Greek Games
on Saturday 28th July from 6 – 8 pm at the Cove Gallery Weymouth’s
pop-up gallery at Weymouth Baptist Church Hall, Custom House Quay DT4 8BG
New work by Philomena Harmsworth
Gullivers Hotel, New Steine Road, Brighton, BN2 1PD, T: 01273 681546
Opening Night: Sunday 6th May 6-8
March 31st – June 10th
Philomena Harmsworth, the dynamic new artistic presence in East Sussex is preparing her latest exhibition, entitled “Sugar and Spice”. Her new set of paintings will be at the Gullivers Hotel a stylish boutique hotel Gulliver’s in Brighton’s trendy Kemptown, on Brighton’s water front, from 31st March to 10th June , as part of the Brighton Fringe festival and Brighton Open House.
This innovative collection has some very unusual, unique paintings. The thread that runs through all of them is “women”, and the many overlapping aspects within that theme: there are strong archetypal woman figures; from earth mothers to girls in frilly dresses playing with dolls. Several of the paintings toy with metaphysics; exploring the interplay between surface appearance of manners and civilisation, and the truth of the dark undertones that can lie beneath.
Bachelor of Arts: “Technical Arts, Theatre Design”: Wimbledon College of Art
Set Design: Designed and built sets for Italia Conti. Worked as a Scenic Artist for seven years on Film, Theatre and Television including:
Film: “Sleepy Hollow”, “A Band of Brothers”
Theatre: “Seven Year Itch” at the Shaftsbury Theatre
Television: “Big Brother” and “Eastenders”, to mention but a few.
I have also taught Art workshops for various groups:
Training Provider at NACRO College: 11-15 and 16-18 yr olds, where I supplied the “Plus” program and Bronze and Silver levels of the “Arts Awards” programme.
Taught art workshops for 4-7 & 7-11 year olds at an after-school club at the Community Centre, Battersea.
Taught art to adults at the drop in centre: “Asylum Welcome”
In 2008 I returned to Dorset where I grew up.
Solo shows at: “Le Vieux Four”, ‘January Nudes’, “New Inn”, Stoke Abbott
Group shows: “The Little Art Gallery”, “Space”, “Artemesia”
I also have a painting in the Bridport Museum Archives.
Director of the Bridport Open Studios 2010