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Creative explorer making visual stories

Portrait Photo of Philomena Harmsworth in front of a painting

What do you know? I have 8 paintings hanging in the New Art Gallery, Alfriston. Talented London gallerist Peter, said he would put them up, I swung by today and there they are!

I did my formal training in London at Camberwell College of Art and then at Wimbledon. I trained as a theatre designer but just kept coming back to paint, after all, painting was my first love. I still like to sketch and the whole craft aspect of art. We all love to people watch! Although it’s almost less about how people actually look, more about capturing how they are. I also sit outside, well really only in good weather, and paint actual scenes from life. All this collated imagery becomes a visual symbolism that feeds into my narrative paintings: images that tell stories. I have exhibited in London, Dorset, Brighton and Lewes. I was then fortunate enough to have been invited to exhibit at Farley Farm House, Home of the Surrealists. I learnt about these artists in my school textbooks so I was over the moon to be hanging my work in a building next door to giants of Modernism! I invited the mayor of Lewes to open the exhibition, he agreed and then bought a painting of Bonfire Night over Lewes and the Ooze.


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Philomena @ Beaminster Festival

Not only will I be showing the ceramic work to date, one whole year's worth, there will also be a sneak preview into the next phase - my many vesseled women. Read more about the collection on show Beaminster Festival runs from Saturday 24th June to Sunday 2nd July...

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@ The Town Mill, Lyme Regis

I have been invited to hang paintings in a mixed show at the Town Mill, Lyme Regis. I subsequently fitted my cellar out for oil painting; (now that my studio is at home, oil painting is too anti socially smelly for the general living space!) I drew on sketches I have...

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Sketches in Clay

There is a body of work coming together for Philomena, flirting with the idea of women as vessels. The collection of vessels so far, is of a domestic kind. Figureheads on boats become creatures in their own right that contain liquid, and pour as jugs. Receptacles are...

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