LRG’s Hero Johnson will be showing a small portrait at this year’s Royal Society of Portrait Painters exhibition which runs to the 15th of May at the Mall Galleries. Tickets can be booked in advance on the Mall’s website.
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
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:
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.
Curator Space feature on Lots Road Group member Maureen Nathan with a hint to what she’ll be showing in the upcoming exhibition ‘Beyond the Door’ at Waterstones Gower Street, Bloomsbury from 9 November.
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
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.
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
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.
We’re all thrilled that LRG member Alla Broeksmit @artallastudio is exhibiting in START at the Saatchi Gallery in London which is showcasing the art of 50 exciting contemporary galleries and artists from all over the world from 26-29 September. Go Alla!
LRG’s Alla Broeksmit’s work is featured in the White Hot Magazine of Contemporary Art June edition.
“The unique materiality of the handmade paint speaks to the themes of memory at play in the piece and in Broeksmit’s oeuvre in general. The fluid paint, less like oil and closer to watercolor, blurs the brushstrokes that would otherwise record the artist’s physical interaction with her work.” – By Charlene Stevens
Her work, Midway, is from a series entitled COMPASSES from her MFA Thesis Exhibition at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture 2017. Today, her work is currently exhibiting at The Screen Show at the Farnsworth Art Museum until September 22, 2019.