Curators Choice: Beth Horner

Beth Horner (b. 1995, Hertfordshire) received her BA in Painting from Wimbledon College of Art in 2017. Just recently having graduated in 2020 from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Painting, she currently works from her studio in Baldock.  

In her small-scale paintings, familiar suburban settings are transformed into sinister, uncanny dwellings blanketed in mystery and quiet possibility. Constructed from personal imagery, intricately rendered fragments lead into areas suggestive of decay and fragility. Representation sits on top of bulging texture, warping and abstracting spaces once familiar. 

“ This has given me so much more confidence in my practice at a time when it has been hard to persevere. It’s so exciting and motivating to have this project to work towards and the award will enable me to focus on making with purpose and without restriction. The Letchworth Open has made me aware that there are so many talented, dedicated (and supportive!) artists nearby. After leaving university I was concerned about leaving the art community I had behind, but thanks to this exhibition and award I feel a part of something right where I am. I’m honoured to have been given the opportunity and am looking forward to seeing where it will take my practice.”