The Lots Road Group is very pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting together next week at The Chelsea Old Town Hall with our very first show ‘Motherhood’.
Motherhood is a Chelsea portrait exhibition and book that celebrates mothers, grandmothers and mothers-in-law.
The exhibition features 16 portraits by figurative artists who met when studying portraiture at The Heatherley School of Fine Art in Lots Road. It runs at The Chelsea Library, Kings Road, SW3 from Thursday, 20 March until Mother’s Day (30 March).
The book contains all the portraits featured in the exhibition which are executed in a variety of media from oils, acrylics and pastels to print. Some were completed from life, others after death from studies and photographs.
It also provides a fascinating insight into the craft of portrait painting: from the artist who set aside her oils for speedier pastels to portray her mother with life-long back problems, to another who describes the quick work required to capture the likeness of a mother-in-law, suffering from Alzheimer’s, who would ‘forget’ her presence, to another who listened to the music she used to share with her mother to help her complete the portrait begun before her death.
It also features a foreword by Heatherley’s Principal Emeritus, John Walton RA, who writes about the portrait he painted of his own mother.
All portraits show the acute powers of observation and attention to detail instilled into students at one of the few art colleges in Britain that focuses purely on portraiture, figurative painting and sculpture.
John Walton said, “I am happy to think that this bunch of fellow artists derived a positive benefit from their studies at Heatherley’s and have used these as the vehicle for an imaginative project.”
Thursday 20 to Sunday 30 March 2014 (Mother’s Day)
The Chelsea Library, Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Rd, London SW3 5EZ
Mon, Tues, Thurs, 9.30am-8pm
Wed, Fri, Sat, 9.30am-5pm & Sun, 1- 5pm
Closest tube: Sloane Square
The exhibition is FREE to attend.
Motherhood book: Price £16.69+p&p from http://blur.by/1n0HsKF