Henrietta Stuart

Nature is the basis, the starting point, for my paintings which rapidly take on a direction of their own where the dancing light or the feel of the wind becomes the main focus. They are compositions woven from images of the natural world.

It is the power and energy of nature that excites me.  Light and movement allow the creation of the space in my work, often opening up huge vistas. The finished pieces range from almost totally abstract compositions evoking a sense of place to more easily recognisable landscape images: the natural world modulated by time and season, disclosed by visual texture and colour.

I came back to the UK in 2011 from the Languedoc in France and started work in Wimbledon Art Studios. Since my return I have moved away from the blues of the Languedoc to a far more dramatic palette. I have fallen increasingly in love with the British light. The drama of the cloudscapes, mixed with the subtlety of the morning light , or the glory of a sunset have become the essence of my compositions.

It is these moments that fuel my days. My paintings are rarely site specific they are a fusion of the vast coastal vistas and the more intimate inland light.  Compositions woven from memory infused with a sense of place.

I build up the paintings using layer on layer of paint playing with the transparent and opaque qualities of different colours, techniques used by Titian and Turner. I have started to incorporate silver/copper and gold leaf into the paintings giving a different play on light using the reflective quality to add another dimension.

My works are to be found in collections in New York, Houston, Vancouver, Sydney, Perth, and Paris as well as the UK.

 

Biography

Born London 1965

Graduated Newcastle University 1988   BA Fine Art(1st class)

Lived in Marseilles France 1988-92

London Studio in Chiswick 1993

Chertsey Studios 1997-2003

Beziers France 2003-2011

Wimbledon Studios London, 2011- 2014

 

Exhibitions

Prior to 2012 I exhibited in:

London at Whiteleys and in Fulham

Notting Hill Gate with Nicholas Bowlby Gallery

Tedding ton with the Smith Gallery / Mackenzie Gallery

Molesey with The Molesey Gallery

in Cornwall, at the Salthouse gallery in St Ives

in Paris, Marseilles, Cleremont L’ Herault, Parisot International Art Fair, Festival de Vallories

 

More recently

 

2012    Mackenzie Gallery Teddington 2012

2012    Chelsea Art Society – Chelsea Town Hall

2012    NRA 2012 Llewellyn Alexander Gallery

21012 Affordable Art  Fair Battersea – Nicholas Bowlby

2012    Affordable Art Fair Hampstead- Nicholas Bowlby

2013    Box Galleries , Studio 106 Dawes Road Fulham

2013    Osteria Dell Arte – Clapham

2013    Chelsea Art Society – Chelsea town Hall SW3

2013    NRA 2013 Llewellyn Alexander Gallery

2013    Frivoli Gallery,  Chiswick 2013- 2014 -2015

2013    Wimbledon Art Studios  Open Studios  May /November

2014    Selected works – Box Galleries –SW10

2014    Shifting Light -The Art Agency , Esher

2014    Oil & water Gallery – Wandsworth

2014    Corte Real Gallery – Portugal

2014    Chelsea Art Society – Chelsea town Hall SW3

2014    AAF Hampstead – Nicholas Bowlby Gallery

2014    NRA 2013 Llewellyn Alexander Gallery

2014    AAF Bristol – The Art Agency Esher

2014   AAF Battersea – Nicholas Bowlby Gallery

2014   Dancing light- Solo – A&D Gallery 51 Chiltern St W1U6LY

2014    Christmas Show – The Art Agency – Esher & Cobham

2014    Christmas show – Oil & Water Wandsworth