JP Art Consultancy | Harriet Porter
In her minimal still life paintings, artist Harriet Porter strips away distractions to capture the essence of glimmering light as it falls on her subject and the surrounding surface. Influenced by artists such as Hammershoi and William Nicholson, she paints directly from life, using natural light - at once both inspired and limited by the ever-changing seasons.
Strong emphasis is given to simple elegant composition and the subtle gradations of colour temperature within a limited palette. These narrow parameters enable her to concentrate on the play of light, shadow, focus and line – seeking their absence and presence within the frame.
She paints in her quiet attic studio in Brixton. Her work literally reflects this tranquil sanctuary and escape from frenetic city life: the solitary object basking in uncluttered space.