Exhibitions & Events

LRG’s Sarah Jane Moon to show with CBPP in Brixton in June

Lots Road Group portrait painter Sarah Jane Moon is also a member of The Contemporary British Portrait Painters and will be exhibiting with them at The Department Store Brixton 11-18 June. Do save the date!

Sarah is currently half way through a sabbatical year in her native New Zealand where she has studios in the Bay of Plenty.

Poster for Contemporary British Portrait Painters exhibition in Brixton in June

LRG’s Hero Johnson’s portrait of Dame Harriet Walker now on show at RP

Her Johnson's portrait of Dame Harriet Walker

LRG’s Hero Johnson has both a self-portrait and a portrait of Dame Harriet Walker now on show at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, running until 14 May.

The exhibition, which celebrates contemporary portraitures is open from 10am-5pm (late night 7pm 11 May), Booking is not required. £5 entry or free for Friends of Mall Galleries and under 25s. Concessions available.

The exhibition features over 200 portraits by members of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters alongside works carefully selected by them from thousands of portraits submitted from all over the world.

See the exhibition online

New digital performer paintings by LRG’s Stella Tooth in London exhibitions May-September

A number of London exhibitions from May to September feature exciting new album cover sized digital performer paintings by the Lots Road Group’s Stella Tooth.

During lockdown Stella began experimenting with digital painting, using the Procreate App on her ipad pro with the game-changing pressure sensitive ipencil.

Using her skills as a traditional oil painter, she paints freehand inspired by a variety of photographs. Some she takes herself as resident artist at legendary music venue, the Half Moon Putney, some from visits to her local west London music venues like the famous Eel Pie Club (to read article about Eel Pie Island museum by the artist click here). Some are inspired by photos of rock stars by Getty photographer Solomon N’Jie, taken at the height of their fame in the 80s.

Now, to help celebrate The Ealing Club‘s Rock’s Diamond Year (where electronic blues all began in 1962 with @MarshallAmps setting up in nearby Hanwell the same year) and the continuing tradition of live music at the Half Moon Putney, Stella is exhibiting her digital paintings in different London venues this Spring and Summer.

To find out where click here. Two of her musician artwork feature in the British Blues Exhibition at the Barbican Music Library from 26 May for four months. And do come along to her Wednesday 8 June Private View with the Skylark Galleries art collective at the Spaghetti House Gallery in Holborn from 6-8.30pm.

Beneath The Moon & Under The Sun: a solo exhibition of work by LRG’s Maureen Nathan

Work on paper by Maureen Nathan

Thursday 9 – Sunday 19 June 2022
Private view – Wednesday 8 June 2022

A solo exhibition of work by award-winning artist Maureen Nathan is opening this June at The Fitzrovia Gallery, London. ‘Beneath The Moon & Under The Sun’ brings together works on paper produced over the last two and a half years.

Exploring and responding to the world around her, Nathan’s series of artworks bear witness to the outbreak of Covid and the months following. Opening with solitary silhouettes in moonlit gardens, tangled branches cloaked in darkness and obscurity, and unfurling into a colourful confetti of blooming flora, ‘Beneath The Moon & Under The Sun’ puts into visual form a timeline that maps not just night and day or the changing seasons, but Nathan’s own illuminations.

Through a variety of mediums – painting, collage and printmaking – Nathan uses the physical environment as a vehicle for discovery and enlightenment, taking what’s in front of her and turning it into a beautiful, dream-like narrative.

Reflecting on her surroundings, she says, “the natural world steadfastly follows its own rhythms, season after season, on land and on sea, and is an endless source of inspiration and solace.”

Born and raised on the West Coast of Canada, Maureen settled in the UK as a young adult. She divides her time between her home and studio in North London and her workspace in rural Dorset. Her work has been shown with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The Royal Academy, Wells Art Contemporary and the Royal West of England Academy.

To see more of her work, click here.

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.

‘Beyond the Door – portraits and other recent work’ scheduled for end of July

‘Beyond the Door – portraits and other recent work’ the latest exhibition by the Lots Road Group of portrait artists is scheduled for the end of July.

Bermondsey Project Space, 185 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3UW

Tuesday 27-Saturday 31 July 2021, 11am-6pm

The Lots Road Group’s latest exhibition, ‘Beyond the Door’ will take place in Bermondsey Project Space – a gallery in the heart of Bermondsey’s vibrant artistic area from Tuesday 27 to Saturday 31 July.

‘Beyond the Door’ will reflect on the unprecedented times we have been living through. 

Interior painting by Lots Road Group artist Colleen Quill for 'Beyond the Door' exhibition July 2021 at Bermondsey Project Space
by LRG’s Colleen Quill

It will feature portraits by 15 artists in the group generated during the pandemic when our own front doors have defined the way we live. The doors to our homes have been both bulwarks against a dangerous world and a means of escape from confinement. The word ‘beyond’ in the title of the exhibition is deliberately ambiguous, allowing exploration of both interior and exterior worlds through the medium of portraiture.  Artists have chosen subjects whose experiences are representative of the unfamiliar limbo through which we have all been passing.  These include people who have had Covid, those we have been locked down with, those we have only seen on Zoom or Facetime, fellow out of work creatives – and ourselves – never has there been a more appropriate time for self portraits!

This year the group has invited a guest artist to join them, Melissa Scott-Miller RP, NEAC, RBA.  Scott-Miller is an acclaimed artist specialising in portraits and urban landscapes – which often include elements of portraiture. Her work is therefore the embodiment of the dual interior and exterior theme of this exhibition. She has continued her usual practice of painting landscapes en plein air during the pandemic so far as humanly possible and has also worked at home including creating a portrait for this exhibition.

In another innovation this year the group will be showing a selection of other recent work reflecting the diversity of members’ practices and their preoccupations during the past year.

The exhibition catalogue will continue the Lots Road Group’s usual practice of including a narrative with each portrait, giving both artist and sitter a voice – something that makes the group unique.  The catalogue will be introduced by one of our portrait subjects, Robin Hanbury-Tenison, world famous explorer, President of Survival International, re-wilder of the Cornish countryside – and COVID-19 survivor. Hanbury-Tenison’s was the embodiment of an outdoor life until he had to spend 7 weeks in hospital with minimal chance of survival.  He credits a visit to the hospital garden as the turning point in his recovery and is now raising funds for more such healing gardens, a cause to which the Lots Road Group will be contributing at this exhibition.

Exhibiting artists:

Rebecca Asghar
Alla Broeksmit                 
Martin Burrough         
Matt Collis                
Hero Johnson        
Christine Klein                 
Sharon Low                  
Fiona Mitchell      
Maureen Nathan        
Hilary Puxley                   
Colleen Quill                
Lucinda Rendall            
Sarah Reynolds               
Mark Stevenson            
Stella Tooth

LRG artist Hero Johnson pays tribute to her sitter/mentor Barbara Hosking CBE

Hero Johnson, who first portrayed Barbara Hosking CBE for the Lots Road Group’s Portrayed! exhibition, has paid tribute to her sitter and mentor.

“She inspired and mentored so many women over her long and illustrious life and I will always be gratetful to have been among them,” she said.

The International Women’s Forum UK commemorated its 25th Anniversary in 2015 with a portrait exhibition of 16 of its most inspiring women – its four founders and its first 12 chairs.

IWF UK is part of the International Women’s Forum, an organisation which advances leadership across careers, cultures and continents by connecting the world’s most pre-eminent women of significant and diverse achievement.

The portraits – contained in this online catalogue – were created by artists in the Lots Road Group. Barbara was married up with Hero, appropriately, by the drawing of lots, and they discovered they both had a connection in Cornwall.

Portrait of Barbara Hosking CBE by Lots Road Group British figurative artist Hero Johnson
Hero Johnson with Barbara Hosking CBE

Sarah Jane Moon to exhibit with Gillian Jason Gallery

LRG’s Sarah Jane Moon is taking part in Heart of the Matter, curated by Mollie E Barnes, Founder of She Curates, at the Gillian Jason Gallery.

The exhibition launches tomorrow (Monday 8 March) on International Women’s Day 2021 and will open in the gallery’s 3D Virtual Viewing Room and run until 15 April.

Heart of the Matter features new and recent works from a stunning line-up of artists incluing Tracey Emin, Bridget Riley and Chantal Joffe,

In support of International Women’s Day theme of 2021, both Gallery and Curator will #ChooseToChallenge gender inequality in the art world while providing a platform for emerging and established artists. http://www.gillianjason.com

If you would like to learn more about Sarah Jane, click here to read an interview she did a while back with the Mall Galleries.

And if you’d like to take a virtual tour of her studio with The Net Gallery click here.