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#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!

Isolation art – under corona skies

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.

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.

LRG member Maureen Nathan to exhibit in Australia

LRG member Maureen Nathan will be showing work with Anh Nguyen and Nancy Gruskin in Australia from 26 October.

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 3womenartists@mail.com

You are invited to register your interest in any particular work prior to the opening.

Frank Bowling, whose 1960s work ‘Cover Girl’ features in a LRG double portrait of his sons, opens at Tate Britain tomorrow.

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.

The work featured in the Lots Road Group’s exhibition last year ‘Connected: the changing face of Britain‘ and explains, in the devisive times of Brexit, how the artist is connected to his sons.

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!”

An extract from the LRG’s Connected catalogue

To read a preview of Frank Bowling’s Retrospective at the Tate Britain click here

Congratulations to Sarah Jane Moon on having her portrait selected for the BP Portrait Awards!

Lots Road Group member Sarah Jane Moon’s painting of Dr Ronx features in the National Portrait Gallery’s Whats On Guide for June – August.

Keep an eye open when you’re out and about on the tube as you just might catch sight of it advertised on the tube!

The exhibition runs at the NPG from 13 June to 20 October 2019. So make a date to see Sarah’s portrait in the frame!

LRG artist Stella Tooth to join Skylark Galleries collective on London’s South Bank!

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.

For regular updates and event information, you can sign up to receive the monthly newsletters by email or check the galleries’ Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.