Down to the Sea
June 5th – July 14th, 2019
Philippa Jeffrey studied Fine Art and History of Art at Leeds University in 1996. She then moved to London where she worked as a fashion producer for Conde Nast Publications. A couple of years ago Philippa returned to her roots and began painting from her Oxfordshire studio.
Using botanical prints as a starting point, Philippa has developed a visual language that incorporates layers of colour, pattern and mark-making. She describes the works as “abstracted botanical paintings; a visual candy, as opposed to an overly verbalised aesthetic”. She cites her decade of exposure to the worlds of fashion and magazines as having informed her vision; “You only need to look to the catwalk or glossy journals to see a similarly calculated approach – a deliberate and conscious decision to use a particular colour, a specific form.”
Philippa uses water-based paints on a combination of board and canvas. She adds that the colour palette of this new work has been influenced by Darsham’s proximity to the coast and has led her to incorporate blue tones that she would usually avoid. “More blue, less pink!”