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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.

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 marks International Women’s Day

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.

Portrayed! Catalogue cover

LRG celebrates World Book Day

As @worldbookday passes for another year, here’s a reminder of the LRG’s portraits for The Art of Reading in association with @booktrust.

Commission a portrait

Caroline Dawnay by Sarah Richardson
Celine Klein by Christine Klein

LRG member Colleen Quill’s Mayfair show

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!