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Hilary Puxley’s portraiture features in latest Zuri Design newsletter

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. 

Hilary Puxley self-portrait pastel drawing from early days of lockdown
in a spirit of escapism.

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.

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!

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 Alla Broeksmit’s work on show at the Gerald Moore Gallery

LRG member AllaBroeksmit is currently exhibiting a recent work alongside works of her fellow NYSS alumni in London.

Until Saturday 9 November, Alla – Artist mfalla2017 – will be showcasing her work at the Gerald Moore Gallery, Connections: New York Studio School Europe the first European alumni exhibition from the prestigious New York Studio School, curated by Karen Wilkin and Mali Morris RA.

The exhibition will showcase works by graduates and former students of the New York Studio School living in Europe. Included will be drawings, paintings, sculpture, installation, performances and video work.

New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture New York Studio School Alumni Association

Artwork information: Alla Broeksmit, Here Comes The Sun, 2019, 4′ by 5′, Oil Wax Graphite and Marble Dust on Linen. #londonartist #allaswidowsguide #nycartists #toplondonphoto #girlaroundtheworld #sladeschool #ucl #sladepainting #londonartscene #ny_studioschool

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.

LRG’s Sarah Jane Moon to stage solo show in November

Queer Portraits is a groundbreaking exhibition of artist Sarah Jane Moon’s large scale portraits of people who identify as LGBTQI+ or queer. Opening on November 2nd, this show represents the main drive of Moon’s artistic practice since 2014 and will be the first time these paintings have been shown en masse.

Moon’s portraits represent a cross section of contemporary queer LGBTQ+ life and love. Her subjects are often people close to her or whom she admires greatly for their commitment to live authentically and forge ahead in their chosen industry. Those depicted include writers, landscape designers, doctors, lawyers, artists and more, and together they create a powerful statement on contemporary life lived with pride.

Moon has been gaining increasing attention this year and this solo exhibition follows swiftly on from her inclusion in the prestigious Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition (9th – 24th May 2019, Mall Galleries, London) and the internationally renowned and highly competitive BP Portrait Award Exhibition (until Oct 20th, National Portrait Gallery, London, touring to Edinburgh and Belfast).

Queer Portraits will be held from Saturday 2nd November until Thursday 14th November 2019 at The Gallery in The Department Store, Brixton. Originally built in 1906 as an annexe to the Bon Marche department store this beautiful and historic building has been reimagined by architects Squire & Partners and now hosts an array of vibrant creative businesses and restaurants.

The Private View takes place on Saturday 2nd November from 6 – 10pm. All welcome; please RSVP to queerportraitsrsvp@gmail.com

A full colour catalogue of the work will accompany the show, including many portraits from the archives and an essay by Birkbeck academic and writer Julia Bell.

Queer Portraits ( #queerportraits )

2nd to 14th November 2019
PV: Saturday 2nd November

The Gallery, Downstairs at The Department Store, 248 Ferndale Rd, London, SW9 8FR

Opening hours: 10am – 5pm daily

Nearest Underground: Brixton

Admission Free
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Two LRG artists to exhibit at Society of Women Artists show

Congratulations to Hero Johnson and Sharon Low who will be showing their work at the Society of Women Artists exhibition this month. Hero will be showing the self-portrait pictured and you can check out Sharon’s work on the website link above. The exhibition will run at the Mall Galleries SW1Y 5BD from Tuesday 24 to Sunday 29 September.

LRG’s Alla Broeksmit featured in White Hot Magazine!

LRG’s Alla Broeksmit’s work is featured in the White Hot Magazine of Contemporary Art June edition.

“The unique materiality of the handmade paint speaks to the themes of memory at play in the piece and in Broeksmit’s oeuvre in general. The fluid paint, less like oil and closer to watercolor, blurs the brushstrokes that would otherwise record the artist’s physical interaction with her work.” – By Charlene Stevens

Her work, Midway, is from a series entitled COMPASSES from her MFA Thesis Exhibition at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture 2017. Today, her work is currently exhibiting at The Screen Show at the Farnsworth Art Museum until September 22, 2019.

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!