Brook Street: An Artist’s Eye, A selling exhibition in association with Adrian Sassoon, Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, 39 Brook Street, London W1, 7th October – 27th October 2015
Combine the showroom interiors and fabrics of Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler with the vision of the Japanese-born ceramicist Hitomi Hosono and the result is perfection. One can easily understand why her works are in museum collections, including the British Museum and the V&A.
She says of this exhibition: “I enjoyed time spent in the Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler town house. The sumptuous interiors populated by an incredibly diverse collection of antiques and works of art were fascinating. I found myself drawn particularly towards objects with a history of trade and the Far East. In this magnificent English house a sense of cross-cultural spirit has flourished. One Colefax and Fowler fabric pattern which caught my eye featured beautiful roses and pansies, which appeared to be moving as if blown by a gentle summer breeze. The softness and delicacy of rose petals is something that I wish to communicate in my own work and has led me to explore new forms and ways of aligning sweeping porcelain petal elements along a curve, emanating from multiple dense centres.”
Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler’s design director, Philip Hooper commented: “Hitomi’s work represents all I admire in contemporary ceramics. The craftsmanship, patience, vision and technical skill involved in creating these fragile pieces is almost beyond comprehension. I am thrilled that she has found so much inspiration in 39 Brook Street and that it has been a catalyst in helping her to create many new pieces that will be on show for the first time”.
I think that many people will agree with these sentiments and find this a sublime show