portraits

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.

Two of her musician artworks feature in the British Blues Exhibition at the Barbican Music Library from 26 May for four months. Others form part of Skylark Galleries art collective’s joint June exhibition at Spaghetti House Gallery in Holborn running until 19 June. And ‘Art & Sol’ – featuring both Sol’s rock photos and Stella’s interpretation of them – is the launch exhibition at the Ealing Project, Ealing Broadways’ new cinema, gig and exhibition space. To find out more click here.

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.

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

Art & Soul: new blog on portrait and music art

LRG member Stella Tooth has begun a new blog about portraiture and musician art at a time when the UK’s culture industry has been seriously affected by the pandemic, yet is demonstration its ability to heal.

Stella’s blog will be published on the fourth Monday of each month, in case you would like to bookmark it.

Click here to read her first blog on The portrait as legacy and this month’s on The portrait as society glue.

Do hope you enjoy reading them!

Congratulations to LRG sitter Natasha Farrant on winning major prize

We’re delighted to congratulate Natasha Farrant, one of the authors whose portrait featured in Lots Road Group’s exhibition ‘The Art of Reading’, who has won the most prestigious prize for children’s literature, the Costa Children’s Book Award, for her novel ‘The Voyage of the Sparrowhawk’.  

Natasha was painted in her garden looking amused by one of her earlier novels, ‘Lydia’, by LRG member Hilary Puxley.

The prize winning novel, set in the aftermath of World War I, is a classic adventure story which follows the epic journey of two friends and their dogs on a narrowboat as they set off through England and across the channel to France to find lost loved ones and a place to call home.

Natasha says she was interested in how lives can be rebuilt after a huge trauma, and her story shows her young heroes bravely shaping their own destinies – a theme that must resonate with today’s young readers. 

Hilary Puxley’s portrait of award winning author Natasha Farrant

Interview with Stella Tooth

LRG artist Stella Tooth has been interviewed by Curator Space about her portraits of musicians in lockdown – a subject related to her forthcoming ‘Beyond the door’ exhibition with the The Lots Road Group, which will take place when Covid 19 restrictions allow.

Extract from Curator Space article about Stella Tooth’s Musicians in Lockdown.

Click here to read the article.

LRG artists to feature in major Uk annual exhibitions!

Lots Road Group artists Sarah Jane Moon and @herojohnson to feature in two major UK annual exhibitions.

Sarah Jane Moon’s portrait of Nicole and Kai will be shown Royal Society of Portrait Painters show which opens at the Mall Galleries next week 16-26 September. Please book here if you intend to go, so the gallery is able to manage numbers.

Hero Johnson’s artwork will be in the Society of Women Artists annual exhibition. Usually held in the Mall Galleries, this year it will be online only from 22 September.