Biography / Artist statement
Henrietta Stuart is based at Wimbledon Art Studios and has paintings in collections around the world including commissions for the Mandarin Oriental and the Super yacht Ulysses. She has had paintings selected for the National Open Art Competition in 2017 and the Royal Society of Women artists exhibition at the Mall galleries in 2018 and 2019, and has been longlisted for the John Moores painting prize and the RA in 2018. She was also awarded a residency in February 2019 at Cill Rialaig in Kerry on the West coast of Ireland.
“Henrietta Stuart’s paintings echo the colours and zephyrs that move in the air around all of us. Hers is an intense and focused vigil to hold the momentary and unpredictable movements of the weather and its effects on the landscape. Her gaze is focused but her vision is all encompassing. From the rush of nuance and suggestion that flood around us, she uses the artist’s brush and her sensibility to distil it all into a stilled moment of time on canvas.
Like all the best painters, her journeys through landscape allow her to absorb not only the visual evidence but the breezes and winds, the smells, the heat and the cold, and it is her talent as a painter to interpret these and add them all to her palette. Her sensitivity is underpinned by a rigorous adherence to the techniques of drawing and illustration, as she understands without a construct to support it the integrity of her vision is compromised and lessened.
Surrounded by the grandeur and mercurial weather of the west of Scotland, Henrietta will use her brushes to apply thin layers of colour and shape to the canvas, so that the viewer is there with her either on the edge of the land facing the Atlantic Ocean, or turning towards the mountains and the east. A moment in time which has eternity as its inspiration. Hers is a solitary and ascetic quest. She takes us to places that we may have never visited and makes them familiar and important to us. She has a rare talent to create beauty and truth from a fleeting moment and pin it to the viewer’s own experience of life.” (Nicholas Bowlby)