Harriet Gillett is a London-based artist from East Yorkshire, making paintings and prints which playfully circulate around themes of identity, surveillance, and our relationship with myths and nature. 
Interested in the fluidity of storytelling she works from a combination of observational drawing and memory, blending past, present and the imagined to create new narratives. Her influences range from literary to art historical references, looking to marry archaic myths and folklore with the contemporary and visually blur the lines between memory and reality.
She works in variety of experimental mediums and processes, often bringing together seemingly juxtaposing materials, such as layering murky oil over acidic spray paint, to create a visual tension. Often grounded in everyday situations, she infuses elements of surrealism like humour and fantasy to result in works that are dream-like in their aesthetic. Whilst imagery of live gigs and camping reflects a nostalgia for shared spaces and more primal social rituals, animals have become symbols of the misrepresented ‘other’ and her wish to mend a fractured relationship with nature that seems at odds with the current environment.
Present/ Upcoming Exhibitions

'The Healing Wound' Purslane Art, Online exhibition (group) September 
'Euphoria' Procrastinarting, Online exhibition (group) September
'A Chorus of Bodies' Liliya Art Gallery, Putney, London. 17th September- 10th October
'Excellence of Youth', Cambridge, February 2022

Press
Interview with Mollie Barnes at 'She Curates'
Interview with Joséphine Bailey of @procrastinarting_
'Travelling on trains in Figurative Art Now' by Hannah Martin

Past Exhibitions
2021
'The Healing Wound' Purslane Art, Online exhibition (group) September 
'Euphoria' Procrastinarting, Online exhibition (group) September
'A Chorus of Bodies' Liliya Art Gallery, Putney, London. (group) 17th September- 10th October
'In a New Light' Art City Works Open Call Online Exhibition (group) September
'Figurative Art now', Mall Galleries, Federation of British Artists, Mall Galleries Online exhibition (group)  July - September
City & Guilds of London, BA and MA 2020 Graduate Show, Oxo Barge House, Southbank July 26-31st
'Emergence' Rise Art, Soho July 20th - September
'The Wild Geese Call', `Old Street Gallery, 23rd-28th August 
'Small Pleasures II', All-mouth Gallery, Online exhibition, Auction Collective, August
'The Domestic and the Feminine, Procrastinarting, Online exhibition (group)
‘Bigger Pleasures’ All-mouth Gallery, Online exhibition The Auction Collective (group)
‘Works on Paper III’ Blueshopcottage Gallery, Online exhibition (group)
‘Art For Relief’ Online exhibition (group)
‘The Birthday Party’ The Artist’s Contemporary, Online exhibition (group)
‘Art for Charty Collective’ Open call winner, Online auction (group)
‘Tides Always Turn’, AucArt, Online exhibition (group)
2020
December 'Life on Venus', The Tub, Hackney, London. (Group)
December 'Curated for Christmas', All-mouth Gallery and Bowes Paris Gallery, Wandsworth, London (Group)
All-mouth Gallery, Online exhibition (Solo)
15th November 'The tales we tell ourselves', Online exhibition with fifteen female identifying artists, Purslane Art
17th November Shortlisted for the Ingram Prize
July 'Final, not Over' exhibition of graduate work at Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop, Notting Hill, London
2019
Exhibited two paintings at 'The possibilities of Art', MasterPeace Creative Studios, London
Exhibited an Etching at 'Salon des Refuses', Camden Image Gallery, London | Voted as one of the Top 12 Artworks in the exhibition
Shortlisted for the RA Summer Exhibition
2018
Shortlisted for the Visual Art Open prize. Exhibited at Chester Arts Fair and in Chapter House, Chester Cathedral 
2017
Exhibited 5 drawings for the 'Wondering People' exhibition at Summerhall, Edinburgh
2015
Exhibited 4 drawings for 'Creativity Takes Courage' exhibition at Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh


Education
2019-20 | City & Guilds of London Art School | Graduate Diploma (1st)
2013-17 | Edinburgh University | English Literature (1st)
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