Prudence Flint’s Paintings Focus on the Smallness of Everyday Life

Prudence Flint’s oil paintings have an uneasy feel to them. Focusing on women that stay indoors, she captures the minimalist, if somber, quality of everyday life.

“I want a simple idea that is visually powerful and mysterious,” said the
Melbourne based artist in an interview with It’s Nice That. “I want the paintwork to be as clear and pared back as I can make it and the color to work to bring out the idea.”

Flint’s portraits have been featured in solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, and Hobart and she is about to have her first international show at Mother’s Tankstation Limited Dublin 2019.

“Ideas start out as small pencil drawings,” she explained. “I will draw the idea up on a canvas in charcoal and sit with it for a month or so. If it survives that process, I start painting rough and loose at first, each layer becoming more refined and distilled. Some ideas take ten years to find form.”

Check out some of her striking portraits of women in the gallery below.