Growing up in an illustrious family of ‘traditional oil painters’, Hermione Carline was always more interested in pushing art’s boundaries. Now she’s selling her work at a high-profile event in Wandsworth where local artists and designers open their studios to the public.
Carline’s parents Richard and Nancy are represented at Tate Britain, and Sir Stanley Spencer was her uncle. When you come from such a dynastic family, it can be hard to forge your own path, but out of a childhood ‘immersed in art’, Hermione has developed an innovative approach, evident in her most recent work which explores the cultures, moods and contradictions of modern life.
Carline’s lifelong passion for breaking new ground is key to her work. After a BA in fine art at Camberwell School of Art, she did an MA in textile design at the RCA before co-founding a design studio that sold worldwide to fashion houses such as Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin and Ralph Lauren.
Her own work has recently come full circle, from fine art to textiles and back again, merging the two with a renewed absorption in painting using unconventional surfaces.
“I went through a period of transition about six years ago when I started cutting up my textile designs and stitching bits of old and new design together – creating textural montages in a combination of techniques. More recently I have been painting onto hard surfaces such as wood and aluminium with a loose free style of oil painting. I like the resistance and sheen of aluminium which challenges me to use paint in a soft and fluid way. Wood allows for greater absorption of paint, and has a distinctive texture I can exploit.”
Inspired by Paul Klee and contemporary artists such as Marlene Dumas and Fiona Rae, Carline uses a layered, semi-abstract approach in her work, from landscape to urban scenes where enigmatic figures may or may not be present. She is interested in portraying a sense of time, memory and place in her pictures and incorporating a sense of ambiguity. “I am fascinated by the transitory nature of the world we live in, the superficial world of fashion and the evolving ‘ideal’ of the female body.”
Like her father, who was chief examiner of art at Cambridge University, Carline is a passionate advocate of art education. “Having taught in art schools, I knew I had a flair for communication, so when my children were young I set up The Art & Craft Club giving classes from my own home near Wandsworth Common, exploring many of the ideas I had as a child.”
Hermione also set up The Carline Art Group for adults where she teaches a firm grounding in drawing before encouraging students to develop their own ideas. This group will also be showing recent work as part of Wandsworth Artists’ Open house.
Carline founded Art-Atelier in 2007, a group of four diverse artists who adopt a layering approach to their original and innovative art. With around 50 works from £150, Art-Atelier will be showing abstract acrylics informed by science and technology by Phil Dobson, devoré silk-screens referencing early Japanese photography by Andrea Ellis, relief pictures and montages inspired by film and theatre by Madeleine Hunter (Hermione’s daughter) and, of course, Hermione’s work.
Wandsworth Artists’ Open House weekends are to be held on 27th & 28th September and 4th & 5th October.
You can see the work of Hermione and the other Art-Atelier members at:
44 Brodrick Road
London SW17 7DY