Very sorry to announce that the Lots Road Group’s next exhibition, ‘Beyond the door’, due to open on 9 November, has had to be postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions. Please watch this space for news of its rescheduling in the New Year.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
15 July – 24 August 2020
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”
We cannot thank all our wonderful NHS frontline workers, enough for what they are doing for all of us. They are literally our lifelines.
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.
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.
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.
Well deserved recognition for our talented members!
All of the artists in the Lots Road Group hope you are well in these challenging times. On the positive side, it’s encouraging us all to slow down, catch up with old friends – often in ways we had never heard of before, like Zoom – help our neighbours and enjoy some of the clearest, bluest skies we have ever seen.
We wanted to share with you what we’ve been up to during lockdown and to give you a link to museum resources to explore.
Firstly the LRG is busy planning (on Zoom!) its next exhibition for November at Waterstones in Bloomsbury, in the hope that lockdown will have been lifted by then. All we can tell you at this stage is that it will focus on portraits inspired by the current situation. Watch this space for more details.
These times, whilst unsettling, are also providing artists like us the chance to engage with a wider art community online. A number of LRG members are talking part in:
#portraitsfornhsheroes – a great Instagram portrait initiative set up by @tomcroftartist
Tom has invited artists to donate a free oil portrait to a nominated NHS frontline worker, created in lockdown from photographs. When the restrictions are lifted, Tom will arrange an exhibition of all the portraits. Portraits have already begun to roll in, including one from Alastair Adams, ex-President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. LRG members that have signed up so far include Martin Burroughs, Christine Klein, Sarah Jane Moon, Hilary Puxley and Stella Tooth.
#artistsupportpledge – is another great Instagram lockdown initiative set up by @matthewburrowsstudio
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many artists around the world have found themselves without work, teaching, technical support, gallery work, exhibition and sales have disappeared. In an attempt to help alleviate some of this stress Matthew has instigated the #artistsupportpledge The concept is a simple one. You post images of your work to sell for no more than £200 each (excluding shipping). Anyone can then buy the work. Every time you reach £1,000 of sales you pledge to buy another artist’s work for £200. A number of LRG artists are supporting the artist support pledge including Sarah Jane Moon, Maureen Nathan and Stella Tooth.
NOW THE FUN STUFF!
Click here for fantastic virtual museum resources!
Keep well. Stay safe.
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.