Three painters across three continents “get their motif on.” After almost five years of Instagram friendship, the three friends stage a show about the familiar—the views across the dinner table and down the street, the patterns found in a blanket or on a pair of pyjamas, the people, places and objects that surround them. Although distinct in their individual perspectives and processes, Nathan, Nguyen, and Gruskin are connected in their search to find inspiration and grace in the chaos of modern life.
Sales open on the 26 October at The Clifton School of Arts (NSW Australia) and will continue as an online exhibition after that weekend.
All works are unframed , on paper with p&p included. Enquiries to purchase can be made via the online catalogue, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are invited to register your interest in any particular work prior to the opening.
A retrospective of the work of abstract expressionist Frank Bowling OBE RA, whose 1960s painting ‘Cover Girl’ features in an LRG double portrait of his sons by Stella Tooth, opens at the Tate Britain tomorrow until 26 August.
Ben, on the left of the painting, says: “Cover Girl’ is one of dad’s 60s pop-art painting that points to his future abstract work. Above the female figure is a stencilled image of Bowling’s Variety Store, Frank’s childhood home in New Amsterdam, British Guiana. The painting connects we two brothers, born in the 1969s, with our father, his art and autobiographical references that are part of our heritage.”
On graduating with a silver medal in painting from the Royal College in 1962, Frank Bowling left London for New York, fleeing attempts to pigeon-hole and exclude him from the mainstream of British art. After years of transatlantic commuting he settled in London where, in his eighties, he still paints every day. His Tate Britain retrospective will establish Frank as one of today’s most brilliant painters and illustrates, in vivid colour, how Britain has change in the last half century.
Stella’s connection with her sitters: “I met Ben when studying with his German wife Susi and was introduced to Frank at one of Ben and Susi’s Christmas parties. Nowadays, I meet Susi and Ben at the Tate whenever I’m teaching drawing there for Sketchout Recently, Ben, who’s a Professor of Criminology at Kings College, London and writes songs and performs with his band ‘Doc Bowling and his Blues Professors’ as does his wife Susi, a senior lecturer at Goldsmiths, jointly commissioned me to draw Johannes, their saxophonist son, as I now specialise in portraying performers. Early last year I noticed one of Frank’s Tate paintings was missing – Mirror, on loan to the Royal Academy – and Ben explained that he and Sacha are starting to help their father to manage his formidable body of work held in private and public collections worldwide and the idea for the painting was born!”
To read a preview of Frank Bowling’s Retrospective at the Tate Britain click here
From tomorrow LRG artist Stella Tooth will be joining Skylark Galleries London – a collective of 30 different artists who present a changing selection of original paintings, etchings, other handmade prints and sculptures, in a variety of styles, sizes and prices from £20 – £2,000.
Of the collective’s two South Bank galleries, Stella will be showing in Skylark Galleries 2 on the first floor of Oxo Tower Wharf (Thames side) and will be on shift 11am-6pm tomorrow and the following Tuesdays in Spring – April 23, May 14, June 4, June 25, July 16. She hopes to see you there!
Appropriately enough for a gallery named after a bird famed for its song, her first artworks on display will be from her musician series – including those created as Resident Artist The Half Moon Putney as well as South Bank buskers.
Skylark Galleries host monthly late openings and other events, where gallery artists give talks and demonstrations about their work.
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More than 175 people came to the Private view of Connected: the changing face of Britain last night. It was fantastic to see so many of our sitters. The Lots Road Group’s Hilary Puxley explained the intention of our exhibition, born of a simple idea in divisive times to portray a person to whom we had a personal connection and, like casting a pebble in a pond, to see where the ripples would take us. The answer was that our connections extend very far indeed and reveal much about the identity of 21st century Britain.
She introduced Rosie Millard the CEO of our exhibition partner, Children & the Arts, who welcomed our partnership, not least because our show celebrates life with all its diversity and difference. She spoke of the work of the charity to bring art into an active and lively engagement with children and young people, many of whom have not experienced art and creativity before.
We are hugely grateful, as always, to our exhibition sponsors where we all studied Heatherleys.
Colleen Quill with her portrait
Maureen Nathan with Alla Broeksmit and her self portrait
Laurence Collis with her sitter Tim Peacock
Martin Burrough with his portrait
Mark Stevenson with his portrait
Lucinda Rendall and her portrait
Hilary Puxley and her sitter’s wife with her portrait
Elizabeth Shields with her portrait
Ben Bowling with his portrait.
Sarah Jane Moon with her sitter
Maureen Nathan with her portrait.
Ricky Richardson at Connected
Sarah Ricahrdson at the PV
Hilary Puxley and Children & the Arts’ Rosie Millard addressing guests