Author: stellatooth

Lots Road Group member

PV Beyond the door a great success!

A huge thank you to more than a hundred of you who attended our ‘Beyond the door’ exhibition tonight.

Here are some of our artists with their paintings snd their sitters.

The exhibition runs until Saturday at the Bermondsey Project Space near London Bridge.

Beyond the door

Conceived on Zoom in the first few weeks of the pandemic, The Lots Road Group’s ‘Beyond the door’ exhibition has been a long time coming. But our fantastic designer member Sarah Reynolds has now created this poster and work is progressing apace on our online catalogue.

The exhibition, to be held at the Bermondsey Project Space opposite The White Cube, will feature portraits by 15 artists in the group and contemplates life on both sides of the doors that have defined our lives during the last eighteen months, both as protection from a hostile outside world and the means of escape from confinement.

The Lots Road Group studied portraiture The Heatherley School Of Fine Art ‘Our portrait Your story’ sums up our approach to portraiture where, uniquely for a group, we tell the story of our sitters in words as well as picture. In this way we hope to explain the importance and unique qualities of portraiture in the age of photography.

Portraiture allows you to see yourself through the prism of the artist’s eye… and It protects your image through time. Through our regular shows and commissions, we have asked what portraiture means to you. And you have told us you want us to record moments of transition – births, childhood, leaving home, weddings and posthumous portraits to keep treasured memories alive. In addition, some of you like us to work from agreed photographs where others, less time-starved perhaps, enjoy the experience of sitting. But whatever your preference, one thing’s for sure: collaboration is at the heart of a portrait and we welcome such collaboration with you.

Click here to learn more.

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.

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.

LRG member Alla Broeksmit’s work on show at the Gerald Moore Gallery

LRG member AllaBroeksmit is currently exhibiting a recent work alongside works of her fellow NYSS alumni in London.

Until Saturday 9 November, Alla – Artist mfalla2017 – will be showcasing her work at the Gerald Moore Gallery, Connections: New York Studio School Europe the first European alumni exhibition from the prestigious New York Studio School, curated by Karen Wilkin and Mali Morris RA.

The exhibition will showcase works by graduates and former students of the New York Studio School living in Europe. Included will be drawings, paintings, sculpture, installation, performances and video work.

New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture New York Studio School Alumni Association

Artwork information: Alla Broeksmit, Here Comes The Sun, 2019, 4′ by 5′, Oil Wax Graphite and Marble Dust on Linen. #londonartist #allaswidowsguide #nycartists #toplondonphoto #girlaroundtheworld #sladeschool #ucl #sladepainting #londonartscene #ny_studioschool

LRG’s Sarah Jane Moon to stage solo show in November

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 queerportraitsrsvp@gmail.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.

Queer Portraits ( #queerportraits )

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

Admission Free
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Two LRG artists to exhibit at Society of Women Artists show

Congratulations to Hero Johnson and Sharon Low who will be showing their work at the Society of Women Artists exhibition this month. Hero will be showing the self-portrait pictured and you can check out Sharon’s work on the website link above. The exhibition will run at the Mall Galleries SW1Y 5BD from Tuesday 24 to Sunday 29 September.