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.

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.

Painting Lives by Sarah Jane Moon

15 July – 24 August 2020
Exclusively Online

We’re thrilled to see Lots Road Group artist Sarah Jane Moon will be exhibiting with Projectroom2020, an Art North Projects Initiative.

‘PAINTING LIVES’ is now online and runs until 24th August. The exhibition includes 35 of Sarah’s large portraits, displayed via installation shots and a virtual walkthrough. The show is accompanied by a full catalogue featuring text by Diana Souhami and Julia Bell.

“All wait to be depicted, inviting interpretation. They are posed, usually seated, mostly alone, some with a partner. All are light years away from the reclining nudes, befrocked daughters and family members of nineteenth-century male portraiture.” – Diana Souhami

To view the exhibition click here.

Sarah Jane Moon’s portrait of Krishna Istha also featured in our Connected exhibition.

#nhsportraitsforheroes

A number of members of the Lots Road Group have contributed to the great #portraitsfornhsheroes project started by Artist Tom Croft to honour our normally unsung health workers.

Completed portraits so far are by Maureen Nathan, Hilary Puxley, Colleen Quill and Stella Tooth.

Maureen Nathan‘s portrait is of Dr Anna Stilwell, paediatric registrar currently part of the NHS Bring Back Staff campaign.

Dr Anna Stilwell, paediatric registrar by Maureen Nathan

Hilary Puxley‘s double portrait of Ashleigh, oil on two canvases, is of Ashleigh Timmins who is a community phlebotomist visiting housebound patients as part of the Torpoint community nursing team. She has three children – and is also in her third year of nursing training! Superwoman!

Ashleigh sent Hilary a couple of photos – one of her looking glam and the other taken at a patient’s house on her first day in PPE. She decided to paint both, with the images slightly overlapping to make a simple point about Ashleigh’s life and those of all NHS heroes.

Ashleigh Timmins, community phlebotomist by Hilary Puxley

Colleen Quill has portrayed Ben Singer, after a gruelling shift in the Intensive Care Unit. A Consultant in Intensive Care and ECMO in London’s St. Bartholomew’s, he also works as a Consultant with the London Air Ambulance.

Ben Singer Consultant in Intensive Care and ECMO by Colleen Quill

Stella Tooth was paired with Helen Chiverton, a paramedic who responds in an ambulance to 999 calls in London. Helen sent Stella a selfie to work from and told her about her job, “I love it because my patients can be newborn (or in some cases being born!) all the way to the very elderly and everyone in the middle and in every walk and stage of life, and you always have to be on your toes because things can change so quickly and are sometimes not quite what they seem. We carry drugs and equipment to treat and help people having medical, mental and social health problems and dealing with situations in people’s houses or in public places can be challenging. At the moment we, like all other areas of medicine and of course plenty of other fields, are finding that everything has changed and is constantly changing as more is learned about this virus. The PPE we are wearing with patients can complicate things, for example by making it much harder to communicate with people, but I am so grateful for it. We are working with firefighters as well at the moment who are supporting us on the ambulances which is brilliant and the AA are also working with us as well as so many other companies and community groups and individuals, we notice them all and are so thankful for them, it makes such a difference!”

Paramedic Helen Chiverton by Stella Tooth

We cannot thank all our wonderful NHS frontline workers, enough for what they are doing for all of us. They are literally our lifelines. 

Beyond the door

The Lots Road Group has been working behind the scenes during lockdown on an exhibition that will reflect the extraordinary times we are going through.  If restrictions are lifted, we expect to stage the exhibition at Waterstones Gower Street’s art gallery from Monday 9 November 2020 to January 2021.

The exhibition, entitled ‘Beyond the door’ will show portraiture generated during confinement when our own front doors have had a heightened significance in their dual role as protection from harm and barrier to freedom. The theme allows exploration of both interior and exterior worlds and our subjects’ experiences during the pandemic. It will also nod towards the door as a symbolic portal through which we will enter a new, unfamiliar post viral world.

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!