Philippa Stanton and I have worked together several times in the past – I absolutely love her work and I am constantly fascinated by her range and versatility as an artist. The first exhibition I worked on with her was called PerSona and featured her voice paintings of a whole range of well known names – from Radio 4’s wonderful Charlotte Green (voted The Most Attractive Female Voice on the Radio) to the husky tones of actress Greta Scacchi. Philippa is a synaesthetic artist and often uses this unique capacity to create beautiful abstract paintings. You can find out more here http://www.philippastanton.com/index.php/about but in a nutshell synaesthesia allows Philippa to experience sound, taste and smell in shape, colour and texture resulting in work of extraordinary depth and intensity.
Philippa’s new exhibition offers something completely different and I am so excited that she has chosen 35 North as its first home. Sea Marks captures Philippa’s emotional response to the sheer size and indifference of the ocean as well as the great human endurance and spirit experienced whilst trying to work with it. Her work incorporates the elements of the sea most significant to her – weather, fear and vastness as well as hope, beauty and calm. The exhibition comprises the whole of Philippa’s painting process including textural studies and sketches which feels very appropriate since it was a sketch that I fell in love with at her house one day that first sparked the idea of an exhibition of this work.
Philippa will also be exhibiting her still life photographs for which she has been cultivating a global following on Instagram as her alter ego,@5ftinf. She currently has over 360,000 followers!! She describes her still life photographs as visual poetry or haiku, which develop from feelings rather than meanings and often reflect ideas she is working on within paintings.
The exhibition opens on Friday 17th October and runs until Saturday 15th November. Philippa will be at the gallery from 12 noon – 3pm on Saturday 18th October to talk about her work.