Art & Soul: new blog on portrait and music art

LRG member Stella Tooth has begun a new blog about portraiture and musician art at a time when the UK’s culture industry has been seriously affected by the pandemic, yet is demonstration its ability to heal.

Stella’s blog will be published on the fourth Monday of each month, in case you would like to bookmark it.

Click here to read her first blog on The portrait as legacy and this month’s on The portrait as society glue.

Do hope you enjoy reading them!

Congratulations to LRG sitter Natasha Farrant on winning major prize

We’re delighted to congratulate Natasha Farrant, one of the authors whose portrait featured in Lots Road Group’s exhibition ‘The Art of Reading’, who has won the most prestigious prize for children’s literature, the Costa Children’s Book Award, for her novel ‘The Voyage of the Sparrowhawk’.  

Natasha was painted in her garden looking amused by one of her earlier novels, ‘Lydia’, by LRG member Hilary Puxley.

The prize winning novel, set in the aftermath of World War I, is a classic adventure story which follows the epic journey of two friends and their dogs on a narrowboat as they set off through England and across the channel to France to find lost loved ones and a place to call home.

Natasha says she was interested in how lives can be rebuilt after a huge trauma, and her story shows her young heroes bravely shaping their own destinies – a theme that must resonate with today’s young readers. 

Hilary Puxley’s portrait of award winning author Natasha Farrant

A tribute to Katharine Whitehorn – by her portraitist Sarah Richardson

Although not unexpected it is still very sad to hear of the death of Katharine Whitehorn, a pillar of journalistic society as I was growing up.

The opportunity to paint her for the Lots Road Group exhibition – and get to know her – over many sittings in my studio in London was a huge pleasure and delight.

Her humour was legendary and she entertained me over many hours.

The sittings were usually followed by a liquid lunch in my kitchen – lovely memories to treasure for always.R.I.P. dear Katharine

Sarah Richardson in her Chiswick studio with pioneering Observer columnist Katharine Whitehorn

Vote for LRG’s Sarah Moon at BP portrait awards!

You can now vote for your favourite painting in this year’s BP Portrait Award Exhibition at the Aberdeen Art Gallery… If you’d like to vote for Sarah’s portrait of the very brilliant Lola Flash, here’s the link:

https://lnkd.in/e6F-sAG

BPPortrait #BPPortraitAward

Lola Flash by Sarah Jane Moon.

Interview with Stella Tooth

LRG artist Stella Tooth has been interviewed by Curator Space about her portraits of musicians in lockdown – a subject related to her forthcoming ‘Beyond the door’ exhibition with the The Lots Road Group, which will take place when Covid 19 restrictions allow.

Extract from Curator Space article about Stella Tooth’s Musicians in Lockdown.

Click here to read the article.

LRG artists to feature in major Uk annual exhibitions!

Lots Road Group artists Sarah Jane Moon and @herojohnson to feature in two major UK annual exhibitions.

Sarah Jane Moon’s portrait of Nicole and Kai will be shown Royal Society of Portrait Painters show which opens at the Mall Galleries next week 16-26 September. Please book here if you intend to go, so the gallery is able to manage numbers.

Hero Johnson’s artwork will be in the Society of Women Artists annual exhibition. Usually held in the Mall Galleries, this year it will be online only from 22 September.

Portraits of NHS nurse Carys Petty and Junior Doctor Katelyn

Lots Road Group artist Rebecca Ashgar has just completed a portrait commission of Carys Petty from a photo taken on the day she qualified as a nurse.

Carys is currently working as a General Practise nurse in two different GP surgeries in South Wales as part of a primary healthcare team.

The commission, from Rebecca’s cousin, chimes with the theme of Instagram initiative #portraitsfornhsheroes which a number of LRG artists have taken part in, started by Portrait Artist Tom Croft.

Under the initiative, Rebecca, Martin Burrough, Christine Klein, Sarah Jane Moon, Maureen Nathan, Hilary Puxley and Stella Tooth painted free portraits to thank nominated frontline staff.

Some them finished their NHS portraits in time to be included in an online exhibition which can be seen at https://artsandculture.google.com/

One such portrait not previously featured on the LRG’s site is this sensitive portrait by Christine Klein.

Christine Klein’s portrait of Katelyn, a Junior Doctor who completed eight months ICU at Royal Brompton Hospital caring for some of the sickest Covid patients.

Hilary Puxley’s portraiture features in latest Zuri Design newsletter

LRG’s Hilary Puxley’s portraiture features in the latest newsletter from Zuri, which works directly with small producer groups and workshops in Kenya and Uganda. 

Hilary Puxley self-portrait pastel drawing from early days of lockdown
in a spirit of escapism.

The newsletter says: “Many of you in our Zuri community are artists, and we wanted to spotlight a few of you today who have included us IN your work! We’ve said it before and we won’t stop saying it, we are continually inspired by this community and grateful to be in such talented company!

The newsletter goes on to say they are “in love” with Hilary’s self-portrait in Backgammon Jammin’ and mentions she has recently been part of a project honouring health workers and just completed a portrait of a nurse from the NHS.