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‘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 20 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.

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.

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

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.

Hilary Puxley’s portraiture features in latest Zuri Design newsletter

LRG’s Hilary Puxley’s portraiture features in the latest newsletter from Zuri, which works directly with small producer groups and workshops in Kenya and Uganda. 

Hilary Puxley self-portrait pastel drawing from early days of lockdown
in a spirit of escapism.

The newsletter says: “Many of you in our Zuri community are artists, and we wanted to spotlight a few of you today who have included us IN your work! We’ve said it before and we won’t stop saying it, we are continually inspired by this community and grateful to be in such talented company!

The newsletter goes on to say they are “in love” with Hilary’s self-portrait in Backgammon Jammin’ and mentions she has recently been part of a project honouring health workers and just completed a portrait of a nurse from the NHS.

LRG painters in top award shows

Sarah Jane Moon and Hero Johnson – LRG shining stars!

Sarah Jane Moon is showing her art in the BP Portrait Awards – now online – for the second year running with a portrait of ‘Lola Flash’. You can see the virtual exhibition by clicking here and you can take part in The Visitors’ Choice vote.

Lola Flash

Fantastic to see one of the LRG’s former tutors also has a portrait ‘Daphne Haringey Resident’ in this year’s awards – Tim Benson.

And Hero Johnson has a portrait ‘Donna and Fox’ in this year’s Royal Society of Portrait Painters exhibition.

Donna and Fox

Well deserved recognition for our talented members!

LRG welcomes Rebecca Ashgar to the fold!

The Lots Road Group is delighted to welcome Rebecca Asghar as our newest member.

Rebecca is an award winning figurative artist who works in many media including oil painting and drawing. She trained in the classical Atelier method and attained a Diploma in Portraiture from Heatherleys School of Fine Art.


Rebecca’s work is characterised by her bold, expressive strokes and contrasts of light and shade. She draws inspiration from her own life experiences: cultural discords, views and beliefs. Rebecca applies the same individual approach to both her self portraits and her portraits of others. Rebecca’s personal mantra is that until one truly looks at oneself, one cannot hope to achieve that same conversation about someone else when painting a portrait. Viewers have praised Rebecca’s work for both its visual impact and its emotional truthfulness.