Pictorum Gallery
Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Friday, October 20, 2023
2 Portman Square, London, W1H 6LA
Pictorum Gallery

 Noises in the Florid Sky

Lydia Hamblet

7 September – 20 October 2023

Pictorum Gallery is delighted to present Noises in the Florid Sky, a solo presentation by Lydia Hamblet. Exploring themes of weather, movement and memory, the exhibition is the artist’s first solo show with the gallery.


Showcasing an incredible eighteen new paintings, Hamblet transforms the gallery space into an immersive, energetic environment where the viewer is enveloped by a vibrant symphony of colour. Within this ambitious new body of work, Hamblet delves deeper into her fascination with the weather. The exhibition title, Noises in the Florid Sky, is taken from Richard Mabey’s 2013 book Turned Out Nice Again: Living With The Weather. Within this book, Mabey weaves together science, art and memoirs (including his own) to show the weather’s impact on our culture and national psyche.

A truly British topic, the weather has preoccupied Hamblet’s research for the past four years. The artist follows a well-trodden path of myths, love affairs and mysteries that surround how we interact with the weather. Noises in the Florid Sky provides access to the artists’ personal narratives, memories and emotions – we see how colour and form take precedence in her large scale abstract pieces, responding directly to her lived experiences and surroundings, and engulfing the viewer in her inner world.

Often referring to a specific quote by Marcel Proust when making work, ‘We relive our past years not in their continuous sequence, day by day, but in a memory focused upon the coolness or the sunshine of some morning or afternoon’, this solo presentation creates a welcome relief from the complexities of every-day life, and encourage a quiet self-reflection and contemplation.

The exhibition is accompanied by a limited edition publication of drawings by the artists, and will feature a catalogue essay by Tom Morton.