Queer Portraits is a groundbreaking exhibition of artist Sarah Jane Moon’s large scale portraits of people who identify as LGBTQI+ or queer. Opening on November 2nd, this show represents the main drive of Moon’s artistic practice since 2014 and will be the first time these paintings have been shown en masse.
Moon’s portraits represent a cross section of contemporary queer LGBTQ+ life and love. Her subjects are often people close to her or whom she admires greatly for their commitment to live authentically and forge ahead in their chosen industry. Those depicted include writers, landscape designers, doctors, lawyers, artists and more, and together they create a powerful statement on contemporary life lived with pride.
Moon has been gaining increasing attention this year and this solo exhibition follows swiftly on from her inclusion in the prestigious Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition (9th – 24th May 2019, Mall Galleries, London) and the internationally renowned and highly competitive BP Portrait Award Exhibition (until Oct 20th, National Portrait Gallery, London, touring to Edinburgh and Belfast).
Queer Portraits will be held from Saturday 2nd November until Thursday 14th November 2019 at The Gallery in The Department Store, Brixton. Originally built in 1906 as an annexe to the Bon Marche department store this beautiful and historic building has been reimagined by architects Squire & Partners and now hosts an array of vibrant creative businesses and restaurants.
The Private View takes place on Saturday 2nd November from 6 – 10pm. All welcome; please RSVP to email@example.com
A full colour catalogue of the work will accompany the show, including many portraits from the archives and an essay by Birkbeck academic and writer Julia Bell.
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2nd to 14th November 2019
PV: Saturday 2nd November
The Gallery, Downstairs at the Department Store 248 Ferndale Rd, London, SW9 8FR
Opening hours: 10am – 5pm daily
Nearest Underground: Brixton