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Harriet Porter


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 solitary objects emerging from deep shadows or bathed in soft daylight. The objects are sourced from her 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 on several canvasses at a time, gradually building layers of glaze. These subtle gradations of tone create the illusion of slow quiet movement, like a calm river on a still summer's evening.

Porter's preoccupation is informed by her previous 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. She found that painting achieved more accurate results, bypassing unwelcome photographic detail.

1979 - 1982 Central St Martins, BA Graphic Design

Porter has sold widely in the UK as well as into private collections in the US, Europe and New Zealand.

2021 Beaux Arts, Bath 'Still' exhibition.
2020 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, Brighton.
The Stratford Gallery, Stratford-on Avon
Jane Newbery Gallery, Dulwich Village.
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, Brighton
The Stratford Gallery, Stratford-on-Avon
Affordable Art Fair, Battersea.

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 Gallery, Dulwich
Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead
Russell Cotes Museum, Bournemouth
Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries ('08,'09)

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