Prudence Flint is known for her paintings of female figures in psychologically charged environments, enveloped by fields of colour and light. We are looking in on an intimate world of focus and intent. Flint draws out tensions between the figure’s pose, the paintings’ flat expanses of colour, and each articulated detail. Her works create an interplay between the objects of everyday life—bedside tables, candles, bottles, shadows, flowing water —and the forces exerted by the painterly qualities of the pictures themselves. The figures take on narrative complexity but are unreadable and open-ended, suggesting an atmosphere of reflection that avoids specific references.
‘I am interested in the interior life. I am drawn to intimate scenes of solitude and the lone protagonist. All my best ideas for paintings come from an actual place and moment in time that reverberates with significance and layered memories. Always the body takes some definite form to embody this idea.’
‘These new works are inspired by seeing the early northern biblical paintings of Hans Memling and Gerard David at the MET. I admire the interior scenes where painted flesh, fabric, water, light, and colour radiate a transformative ecstatic atmosphere. Looking at these paintings evokes in me a sense of wonder and vibrant consciousness.’