Our eleventh featured artist for OPEN, the community art event coordinated with Team London Bridge and taking place at London Bridge Hotel is Shirley Hunter. This arts programme looks to promote those talented artists living or working in Southwark, where our hotel is sited.
Over 100 artists submitted work for consideration with 14 being asked to participate in this first phase of the London Bridge Hotel OPEN which gives potential buyers the opportunity to see an artwork in an environment more akin to a contemporary home. All OPEN art works can be purchased and the exhibition runs until June 2019.
Shirley Hunter is a mixed media artist working with textiles, print,stitch and photography. Born in 1958 in Greensboro, North Carolina, she has lived and worked in London since 1992.
Instilled with a passion and desire to make, shape and craft from an early age, Hunter has worked as a dressmaker and an interior architectural designer, both of which inform her current work. Largely self-taught, her experience has been supplemented by more formal study in New York City, Paris and London. More recently she’s developed a fine art practice, completing the City Lit Advanced Textile Art Course in 2018.
Hunter’s work draws upon diverse strains of haptic and visual experience, exploring themes of crossing borders of time, place and culture. Her desire to explore the meditative qualities of repetition and rhythm of movement across a surface have led her current work to find a voice in folded sculptural installations.
She’s currently continuing her studies on the City Lit Fine Art Course where she is focussing on printmaking and experimental photography.
Shirley says: “Stemming from an interest in how the calligraphic, arabesque and geometric lines and shapes found in Islamic art have been used as a means of recording and transporting stories across
time, geography and cultures, I’ve used a repetitive and rhythmic folded surface as a means to explore the passage of time.
“The undulating shapes draw the eye around, over and through the surfaces, revealing surprising relationships between line, marks, colour and texture. The surface, torn and repaired, disrupts the narrative and invites the viewer to take pause and look closer.”
peregrinate. verb. to journey or travel from place to place. to travel through or over. to live in foreign country. to go on a pilgrimage
Cotton organdy, textile dyes, wire, stitch
Education: BA Economics, 1981, School of Draping, Paris
France, 1991, City Lit Advanced Textile Art Course, 2016-2018,
City Lit Fine Art Course (currently)
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