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A chat with Maureen Nathan

Maureen Nathan is joining the Lots Road Group for its next exhibition – Connected – which will go on show later this year.  Watch this space for details.

We catch up with Maureen, who studied portraiture at The Heatherley School of Fine Art, to find out about her art.

How did you become a painter? 

I have drawn and made artworks from a very young age.  Painting became a natural progression of that creative urge.
What drew you to portraiture in particular?  
I love people. There is an exchange of energy when painting a portrait between the painter and the sitter which I find very exciting. Attempting to convey something of the subject’s character invariably leads on to discovering more about them and about oneself. We are always in our paintings and portraiture is no different.

Which other artists or painters do you look to for inspiration and why?

That’s a big question and there are so many! If I had to pick from the past they are  Piero della Francesca, Brueghel and Vuillard. I’m smiling because now that I’ve started thinking about it that’s just the tip of the iceberg but  looking at their paintings often answers my questions about colour, composition and character. Modern painters that I admire include Celia Paul, Jennifer Pochinski, Chantal Joffe, Catherine Kehoe and on and on because there is so much good painting out there right now.
 

What, to you, constitutes a good portrait?

A good portrait has to be a good painting as well.   Likeness, of course, but also something indefinable  that makes me want to know more about the sitter/s and to see more by the painter who painted them.
 

Do you have any current projects that you’d like to tell us about?

I have recently been awarded a fully funded two week artist residency in Ireland at the Cill Rialaig Foundation. A marvellous opportunity of time, peace and space to explore and develop work outside of my usual studio practice, which I look forward to later in 2018.   I will be participating in Park Studios Open weekend in May 2019.
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Remembered: time in the studio with journalist pioneer Katharine Whitehorn, diagnosed with advanced Alzheimers

It is with great sadness that we read in this week’s Observer that the remarkable Katharine Whitehorn has been diagnosed with advanced Alzheimers Disease.

Lots Road Group member Sarah Richardson writes:

“This is particularly sad for me as I had the great privilege of being able to paint Katharine’s portrait three years ago for the Lots Road Group’s exhibition ‘Portrayed’. Our time together in the studio will be with me always for it was an extraordinary opportunity to share the company of this brilliant, witty and beautiful woman who broke journalistic barriers for the way women were perceived in all walks of life. ”

Katharine Whitehorn’s portrait is now in the private collection of Newnham Cambridge, her old college.

 

 

Half Moon Putney to stage first exhibition by Resident Artist

stella exhibition MAR2018.jpg‘New Moon’: Good Friday, 30 March, 12-4.30pm, Half Moon Putney 93 Lower Richmond Road, London SW15 1 EU. Free entry.

The Half Moon Putney will be marking its 55th year with ‘New Moon’ – a free one-day exhibition of artworks completed by its Resident Artist, and Lots Road Group member Stella Tooth, on Good Friday, 30 March from 12 -4.30pm.

Throughout 2017 Stella has been busy capturing the creative energy of some of the venue’s best-loved bands – and will be continuing to document the special events planned with legends of the 60s to the 00s throughout 2018.

The images so far – and the story behind them – are contained in ‘New Moon’ an online catalogue which it’s hoped will whet your appetite to see them in the frame.

A proportion of the money raised from their sale will go to Teenage Cancer Trust, whose Honorary Patron is Roger Daltry, in a drive to raise £55k for the charity, celebrating 55 years of live music at The Half Moon.

Visitors to the exhibition will enjoy a complimentary Gin & Tonic from Sipsmith on arrival. Closest tube: Putney Bridge.

 

Threesome & 3×3 Finnisage

Threesome & 3×3 featuring Lots Road Group artist Sarah Jane Moon and two artist friends – Roxanna Halls and Sadie Lee – at New Art Projects are coming to an end this week.

The Private View early in January was full to bursting and since then they’ve had a number of significant reviews in Studio InternationalWallpaper*BUSTAll About Shipping and DIVA magazine. They’ve been interviewed for Radio DIVA by Rachel Shelly, been thoroughly grilled in an in-depth Q&A with Curator Anna McNay (now printed online), hosted a Be Smart About Art networking event and the work has also been the impetus for some wonderfully evocative new poems by writers Julia Bell, Sogol Sur & Dr Laura Bridgeman.

The exhibitions continue this week until 3rd March and the artists would like to go out with a ‘Pop’ and so warmly invite you all to join them at their Finnisage Closing Event from 5 – 7pm this Saturday. All welcome. Please feel free to bring a bottle of your favourite tipple to toast all those who have helped along the way.

They also have an event on Friday 2nd run by the luxury lesbian event company HFL that promises to be something quite special. The infamous & glamorous Stav Bee will be serving up a specially concocted Threesome cocktail based on the artists’ unique tastes. Come & mingle with other professional women from across all industries & chat with the artists & curator. Tickets available via hfl.events.

NEW ART PROJECTS
+44 (0)207 249 4032
6D Sheep Lane, London E8 4QS

Heatherley’s at the Bankside

Some Lots Road Group artists – including Hero Johnson and Sarah Jane Moon will have work on display in the annual The Heatherley School Of Fine Art Staff Exhibition which is taking place again next month at the Bankside Gallery.

This is Heatherley’s fifth excursion to the Bankside Gallery and always proves a diverse and interesting show and opportunity for friends and students of the school to get together.

The exhibition runs from Thursday 25th January to Sunday 28th January 11am-6pm.

Bankside Gallery
Thames Riverside
48 Hopton Street
London
SE1 9JH

Threesome exhibition

Lots Road Group’s Sarah Jane Moon will be exhibiting in Threesome with Sadie Lee and Roxana Halls this January.

The show is a collaborative exhibition born of the three womens’ desire to interrogate the female gaze and their own subjectivity in light of their gender and sexuality.

An integral part of their process has been not discuss or see the others’ work prior to the private view on January 10th. However the central conceit of the show is for them to paint themselves, each other and also performance artist Ursula Martinez.

The show is curated by Anna McNay and will be hosted by the New Art Projects London near Broadway Market – 6D Sheep Lane, London. E8 4QS

Alongside Threesome will run ‘3 x 3’, an exhibition of nine photographic self portraits by queer female artists that will also respond to ideas around looking and subjectivity in reference to identity politics.

The exhibition runs from 11 January until 4 March and there are several events scheduled to take place during the show as a platform for discussion around the work and broader themes raised.

Please see the http://newartprojects.com/ for more.

Two portraits by Katherine Firth unveiled at Cambridge

Two portraits by Lots Road Group member Katherine Firth: of Dr Chris Dobson and his late wife Ann, were recently unveiled at Selwyn College, Cambridge.

The portraits were commissioned to mark the generosity of Dr and Mrs Dobson, whose major contribution has enabled the building of two wings of Ann Court at the College.

The art of reading kicks off at Heatherley’s

The art of reading completes its tour with a visit to where it all began – Heatherley’s!

A big thank you to Principal Veronica Ricks and her team for hosting our exhibition and to all those who turned out to last night’s private view of the show, expertly-curated as usual by Phil.   And a big thank you to BookTrust, our partners this year.

 

 

 

News from Sarah Jane Moon

 
Congratulations to Lots Road Group artist Sarah Jane Moon who has a full schedule ahead both exhibiting and teaching.
 
Queer Artists’ Versions of Themselves, Salisbur
 
‘In Your Face’ is an exhibition of differing approaches to portraying a sense of self and interpreting identity and sexuality. It coincides with this year’s 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, the landmark moment when private homosexual acts between men over 21 in England and Wales were decriminalised in 1967. 
 
Sarah’s self portrait ‘In The Studio’ 2015 will be on display along with others by various artists including Roxana Halls, Matthew Stradling and Michael Petry.
 
Curated by Sadie Lee, the exhibition opens at the Salisbury Arts Centre on Saturday 23 September and runs until 4 November (10am – 3pm Tues – Sat). 
 
GFEST
 
Gfest is London’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) Arts Festival that champions equality in all walks of life through visual arts, film, performance and other events. 
 
Sarah will have three paintings on display at the Menier Gallery from 13-18 November as part of GFEST, including a portrait of ‘SJ Weston’, the creator of androgynous tailoring label Thomas Thomas.  
 
DIVERSIFYING PORTRAITS AT OXFORD
 
Sarah has painted Army Medical Officer and Olympic bobsledder Dr Henry Odili Nwume for the Diversifying Portraits initiative at Oxford which aims to broaden the range of people represented on the University’s walls. 
 
The initiative includes over 20 other photographic & painted portraits of people connected to the college who have disabilities, come from minority ethnic backgrounds, or identify as LGBTQI, including director Ken Loach, journalist Reeta Chakrabarti, and author Jeanette Winterson.
The new portraits will be shown in Oxford at an exhibition later this year. 
 
ART FOR YOUTH
 
Sarah will be exhibiting with Art For Youth in their London exhibition taking place at the Mall Galleries this 13-15 December. 
 
Art For Youth are celebrating their 30th year supporting artists and changing the lives of young people across the country. Over 1000 works of art between £200 and £5000 are offered for sale from 130 artists with 35% of sales going to the charity. 
 
Always a very special event, tickets are available via the Art For Youth website. 
 
PAINTING COURSES
 
Sarah is continuing to teach at The Heatherley School of Art next term (from 25 September) at both beginners and advanced level. She is also taking the Open Studio classes for portraiture (Tuesdays & Thursdays) from 17 October-2 November.
 
You can also book now for Painting People, a two day Masterclass at Trinity Buoy Wharf with The New School of Art on 2&3 December.
 
PAINTING AT COTEGRANGE FRANCE 2018
 
Sarah’s first residential painting course in May of this year went amazingly well with brilliant weather that made the colours of the landscape really come to life.
 
The food, accomodation and atmosphere at Cotegrange are second to none and she is already looking forward to the next week in May 2018 with brilliant chef Stephanie Dean on board. 
 
All painting levels welcome. Places are limited to just seven participants so if you would like to join us please do get in touch with Sarahfor more information and to book. 
 
 
Sarah Jane Moon