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Henrietta Labouchere Recent Paintings


Henrietta Labouchere | Recent Paintings Henrietta Labouchere was born in Field Dalling, North Norfolk in 1984. She graduated with a BA in Fine Art (Painting) from Chelsea College of Art and currently lives and works in Norfolk. Since her days at college, Labouchere has been interested in paint – the way it handles and flows on the panel. Her figures are boldly sketched, the sum of several layers of colour, each painstakingly applied. Her compositions are built up slowly, with nascent ideas and early missteps absorbed into the final panel; a key part of the historical evolution of the painting. Labouchere’s reading of Modernist literature, including J. D. Salinger, Carson McCullers, W. G. Sebald (a declared source of inspiration), sparked her fondness for lonely, dislocated figures. Sometimes the inspiration is self-evident – her last exhibition, “For Esmé with Love and Squalor” owes its title to a collection of short stories by J. D. Salinger – however, in most cases, Labouchere simply strives to create compositions that radiate with the same atmosphere. Alongside this literary inspiration, she is a tireless researcher of photographic archives, searching for the flavour and details of an age she revives with each and every brushstroke. Her distinctive use of colour expresses her appreciation of and kinship with a range of practitioners, from Piero della Francesca through to Cy Twombly and Anselm Kiefer. The surface of her works - often rough and opaque implies, through texture, the sense that her work is already historical and Two Figures, Geneva Oil on board, 65 x 50 cm, 2012

belonging to a bygone era. Brimming with both nostalgia and empathy, Labouchere’s work is a profound testimony to these ghosts of a recent past.


Figure in the Sun Oil on board 60 x 30 cm, 2012

Girl with Red Hair I Oil on board, 56 x 46 cm, 2012


Girl with a Chair Oil on board, 51 x 41 cm, 2012

Girl in Qianlong dress Oil on board 60 x 30 cm, 2012


Girl with Red Hair II Oil on board, 56 x 46 cm, 2012

Figure with Peonies Oil on board, 56 x 46 cm, 2012


Seated Woman Oil on board, 56 x 46 cm, 2012

Paris, Texas Oil on board, 54 x 34 cm, 2012


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