After consulting with Google Maps, I found that I can be in Brighton in approximately an hour from central London. That’s one reason to visit. Another, is to visit the many diverse tourist attractions or nightlife which Time Out recently described as “having something to suit every taste.” A reason most applicable to me is to visit Brighton’s cultural quarter, home to, among others, the independent gallery No Walls, which is currently exhibiting Pattern, Shape, Fluidity, Versions, a solo show by London-based contemporary artist and illustrator Hattie Stewart.
Stewart’s solo exhibition is her first at the gallery since 2014’s Hello Cheeky and her subsequent collaborations with Lovebox, MTV, Pepsi Max, Kylie Minogue and Australian designer, Poppy Lissiman. No Walls writes that in recent years, Stewart’s “notoriety has increased due to a project aptly titled ‘Doodle-Bombing’ where she draws over the covers of influential publications such as Interview, Vogue, i:D and Playboy who earlier this year featured her designs throughout their social media and print publication.”
Pattern, Shape, Fluidity, Versions sees a series of 100 new illustrations which draw from multiple themes found within Stewart’s previous work. One of the things that struck me about the artworks is that from a distance, the bright, colourful illustrations appear cheeky and playful and that it’s not until you look closer that you notice the more sinister and darker aspects found within. This contrast is what holds the viewers’ attention and contributes to its attraction.
During an interview with Dazed Digital in 2012, they asked Stewart why, regardless of the subject matter, she seemed to enjoy the use of the colour red as a dominant element. Hattie answered: “I can only imagine that my subconscious always chooses a colour that can consistently represent love, lust; or death and anger and because of its multiple meanings, I believe it’s always a strong and striking colour to use.”
Pattern, Shape, Fluidity, Versions runs until November 15th 2015. Exhibition opening times are Wednesday to Saturday 12PM – 6PM and Sundays 12PM – 4PM.