Since showing with Saatchi Gallery in 2019, Florence Hutchings’ crude but lovingly executed domestic scenes have revitalized the genre of interior-scene and still-life painting. Through paint, collage, and mixed media, the young British artist continues to surprise with a vast repertoire of painterly techniques, unexpected colour choices, and a growing international collector base – not least of which includes renowned collector Charles Saatchi. Yet her domestic tableaux is one of wit and charisma, a sort of artist-as-genius mythology that has surrounded artists who seem to elevate their studio into something otherworldly – from Cezanne to Hockney – she creates a sort of magical reimagining of her own studio space. One sees her painter’s chair, various potted plants, a suggestion of a window, a doorway, a vessel, or – as she has painted in series – her studio ladder, like an arch breaking various painted planes. She states that she is equally as interested in the space around an object as the object itself, which becomes immediately apparent as her brush scours, scrapes, outlines, and traces various elements in and around the picture plane. It is a small selection of pieces that must be seen in person, inspiring, challenging, and full of exploration and optimism. We expect a big career for Florence, who showed with us in 2019 for the SUMMER MARATHON (to a complete sell-out, no less) and who will return in 2020 for a full solo exhibition with the gallery.
FLORENCE HUTCHINGS [b. 1996, Kent, UK] lives and works in London, UK. Selected exhibitions include: ‘A Kindred Spirit’, BEERS London, London (2020); ‘The Poetry of the Everyday’, BEERS London, London (2019); ‘Kaleidoscope’ Saatchi Gallery, London (2019); ‘Seating Arrangement’ Delphian Gallery, London (2018); ‘Juice’ 5th Base Gallery, London (2018); ‘Mud’, Doomed Gallery, London (2017) and ‘Do I Beg this Slender Inch’, The Chopping Block Gallery, London (2017). Residencies include: La Brea Studio Residency, Los Angeles (2019). Florence has previously exhibited with BEERS London in ‘Works on Paper’ (2018).