For every Open Studios of 2023, we have invited a Guest Artist to use our Round Tower for the day, as their own studio.
This fantastic opportunity allows us to give upcoming or developed artists the chance to work in a grade 1 listed building, associate themselves with the excellent cultural sector of Portsmouth and surround themselves with Hotwalls Studios finest artists!
The first Artist we have invited to the Guest Artist Programme is Harrison Jones.
Harrison is a third year Fine Art student studying at Winchester School of Art and his work never fails to impress. His movement within paint leads to his pieces being so mesmerising that you are captured by the pure beauty of his expressive nature.
With enough work in his portfolio to give developed artists a run for their money, Harrison produces work way beyond his years, and at just 22, has already accumulated quite a few awards under his name.
Harrison explains his work as relying on the sensation and enjoyment to simply create-
‘Stemming from how I feel as an autistic individual, I feel I simply observe the world differently. My brain is wired differently.
The way my mind works leads me to generate work from observation or photos, that capture a moment of myself and what I see- my private space, my imagination, the natural world, plants, leaves, colours, my mind.
My body creates the visuals to my story. My world.
My art communicates my world, with grace and relief, rather than fear and discomfort through speaking.
I am not afraid to push my limits in the studio, I am exploring my world.
Art is my release. Art is my playground. ‘
Harrison will be exhibiting in the Round Tower from 11am – 4pm on Sunday the 15th of January, the Round Tower will be open to the public to come and speak to Harrison and see him work.