Hero Johnson has been selected for the long list of Jackson’s Painting Prize 2020. Do take a look at the entries and see her beautiful self-portrait. And, if you like it, please vote for her…
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!”
To read a preview of Frank Bowling’s Retrospective at the Tate Britain click here
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 marks #InternationalWomensDay with a reminder of our past exhibition Portrayed! 25 years of inspiring women – past chairs and founders of the #InternationalWomensForumUK.
To see our catalogue and learn more about these fascinating women and our experience of painting them, click here.
As @worldbookday passes for another year, here’s a reminder of the LRG’s portraits for The Art of Reading in association with @booktrust.
54 The Gallery, Shepherd Market, Mayfair W1J 7QX
LRG’s Colleen Quill will be exhibiting her paintings in London from Monday, 22 April through to Saturday, 27 April in a gallery in Shepherd Market, Mayfair.
The exhibition kicks off on Bank holiday Monday and Colleen will be there all day, every day. On Saturday Colleen will offer visitors a welcome drink.
The gallery is just opposite Green Park tube Station and is surrounded by lots of restaurants. Hope you can make it!
Last night the Lots Road Group returned to our alma mater Heatherleys for the private view for staff and students of Connected: the changing face of Britain which runs until 28 January.
Another first – 360 degree views of our latest exhibition by Lots Road Group member Stuart Howitt.
The exhibition runs at Waterstones Gower Street until Thursday 10 January. It is sponsored by Heatherleys and is in association with Children & the Arts. Many works – those connected to the theme and secondary works showing more of each artist’s practice – are for sale.
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.