Hilary Bryanston

Hilary Bryanston's paintings have a fluidity and ambiguity that allows space for a narrative interpretation. The viewer is invited to wander around the three dimensional spaces. This gives an illusion of movement thus introducing the fourth dimension. Her source material includes a painting by Cézanne, 'Dans Le Parc de Château Noir', an oyster shell for scrying and places found in the natural landscape. The series of small paintings entitled, 'Harmonica Breathing', refers to the practice of Hatha Yoga breathing exercises and also to playing the harmonica.

I work from abstract ideas & the furniture of my world. For example, I play the harmonica. To do this, I have to practice my breathing techniques. This in turn has led to a series of paintings which although abstract are about ,'Harmonica Breathing'.

Recently, I painted a picture that I call 'Mandala Breathing'. This refers to a kind of meditation technique where a mandala, which is a pictorial design that is composed with a central point , is used for contemplation.

Mandalas can give the impression of movement inwards to a central point or movement outwards from a central point in the picture.

Labyrinth with Staircase

Oil on Canvas

I feel drawn to using the labyrinth as subject matter as it is so evocative & expressive of so many different ideas. The history of the labyrinth adds to it's richness & provides me with a rich seam of creativity to mine. The idea of being lost is so exciting & yet terrifying as well. And we do of course have choices. We do not have to enter the labyrinth at all, or are we inside it regardless. Perhaps we have to engage with the labyrinth in order to progress.

In 2014 the exhibition 'Mann, Bryanston, The Labyrinth' at the National Trust Visitor Centre, Rhossili, Gower, Wales, held jointly with Sue Mann, included Hilary Bryanston's works on the subject of labyrinths.