Spotlight Figurative artist Harriet Gillett
Since graduating from City & Guilds of London Art School last year, Harriet Gillett has been exploring the boundary between individual experience and collective memory in her paintings and exhibitions at Soho Revue and Saatchi Gallery. Her combination of traditional subjects and contemporary materials enables her to playfully tread a line between multiple perspectives and time periods.
Gillett says: “I love stories. I get a kick out of meeting people, hearing about their lives, finding commonality, and I love how art, music, literature can help us find a way to relate to people despite differing experience. It is that sense of connection with others that inspires me, and in a way my work is very much an extension of that.
“My paintings are all based on drawings that I have made from life, so they are all rooted in places I have been, people I have come to know over the years. In my work, I am searching for a sense of timelessness, the age-old things which are innate within us, that will never go away and remain the same as digital and technology fads come and go.”
Vicari agrees: “Harriet has an otherworldly observational talent, which you can get totally lost in, especially in her large triptych work. There’s so much detail while somehow retaining a sense of calm and soft beauty. Being a photographer, I really appreciate her sense of being the quiet observer capturing a scene. It’s really exciting being able to watch Harriet come into her own and I am loving every new work she produces.”
You can also see Gillett’s newest creations at her shows at Roman Road and Brooke Benington in London before the end of February. Her group show ‘Here Is Now’ will follow at MAPA Fine Art in April.
About the champion
No stranger to galleries herself, photographer Kristin Vicari’s work has been featured in the Turner Contemporary as well as publications such as Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, and Marie Claire. Self-taught, she was discovered whilst working as a retoucher at Dazed & Confused, before going on to shoot her first large campaign with Diesel. She opened her homeware and lifestyle store in Margate in 2022, where she lives with her partner, children and dog.