Hilary Vernon-Smith


Stunningly rendered drawings of childhood.

After more that 25 years as the Head Scenic Artist at the National Theatre, London, Vernon-Smith is now making artwork exploring her own memories of childhood, living with her Grandparents in a small terrace house in Tottenham.

Vernon-Smith's stunningly rendered drawings, portray her with her Grandfather (with one false leg, and another under the bed), her dressmaking Grandmother, her cat and a tortoise. Vernon-Smith says 'we were always together, but often strangely separate, as we were doing different things in the same room.'

Having made her first series of drawings at the start of 2021, Vernon-Smith is now revisiting set design, scaling up her drawings into life-sized, interactive, installations.

Holiday in Reculver by Hilary Vernon-Smith, Graphite on paper
Holiday in Reculver
Graphite on paper, 42cm x 30cm
£ POA
Bath Day in Scullery by Hilary Vernon-Smith, Graphite on paper
Bath Day in Scullery
Graphite on paper, 42cm x 30cm
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Morning ritual by Hilary Vernon-Smith, Graphite on paper
Morning ritual
Graphite on paper, 42cm x 30cm
£ POA
Monday is Washing Day by Hilary Vernon-Smith, Graphite on paper
Monday is Washing Day
Graphite on paper, 42cm x 30cm
£ POA
Christmas by Hilary Vernon-Smith, Graphite on paper
Christmas
Graphite on paper, 42cm x 30cm
£ POA
Grandma’s Workroom by Hilary Vernon-Smith, Graphite on paper
Grandma’s Workroom
Graphite on paper, 42cm x 30cm
£ POA