Beyoncé commands a level of awe and respect unlike almost any other prominent cultural figure, but in Hattie Stewart’s world nobody gets a free pass. And so for her first UK solo show opening next week at Brighton’s No Walls Gallery, the iconic blue Gentlewoman cover featuring the superstar comes in for Hattie’s trademark doodle-bombing (although it appears slightly more respectful than the treatment meted out to some other cover stars by her pen).
Hattie’s work appeals on two levels; her weird and wonderful additions to mainstream magazine covers are visual treats; by turns funny, iconoclastic and aesthetically arresting. But despite her self-effacing “professional doodler” moniker, I can’t help feel that there is something else going on here; a playful but fundamentally provocative exploration of media manipulation and female role models.
Hello Cheeky includes a host of new work and should further cement Hattie’s place at the top table of young British creative talent.
The exhibition runs from 28 March until 26 April at No Walls Gallery, Brighton.