Plum Cloutman “Emergency”

Hesse Flatow

poster for Plum Cloutman “Emergency”
[Image: Plum Cloutman "Leaving the Party" (2021) Pastel, watercolor pencil and oil on Arches paper. 5 3/4 x 7 3/4 in.]

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HESSE FLATOW presents Emergency, a solo exhibition of London and North Norfolk-based painter and printmaker Plum Cloutman. The exhibition, the artist’s first in the United States, features sixteen works richly redolent of Cloutman’s idiosyncratic world and distinct sensibility.

Whole scenarios unfold in her elusive story-book vignettes, drawing the viewer into their unknown narratives. These are moments where the curtain is peeled back to reveal her protagonists poised on the edge of action, or plunged into the consequences. Cloutman’s work carries echoes of the past in their literary quality. Each vignette mines the emotional depth or subtle humour of a particular moment, just as it is.

Many of the works are set in intimate domestic sphere: a figure leans against a kitchen table laden with meat as barely visible guests look on from the side, holding glasses of wine; a couple standing and cloaked, ready to leave a party; a woman sitting, breasts bare, peering at her reflection in a dressing-table mirror.

Cloutman’s work is drawn with pastels watercolor pencil and oil in an earthy and soft, muted palette that appears to belong to the English countryside. Her style of drawing is loose and painterly with a relaxed flow; each mark blends and unites with those around it. Small enough in size to fit into an English post box and made on a kitchen table, these paintings are products of necessity.



from July 15, 2021 to August 13, 2021

Opening Reception on 2021-07-15 from 18:00 to 20:00


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