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.
Lots Road Group’s Sarah Jane Moon will be exhibiting in Threesome with Sadie Lee and Roxana Halls this January.
The show is a collaborative exhibition born of the three womens’ desire to interrogate the female gaze and their own subjectivity in light of their gender and sexuality.
An integral part of their process has been not discuss or see the others’ work prior to the private view on January 10th. However the central conceit of the show is for them to paint themselves, each other and also performance artist Ursula Martinez.
The show is curated by Anna McNay and will be hosted by the New Art Projects London near Broadway Market – 6D Sheep Lane, London. E8 4QS
Alongside Threesome will run ‘3 x 3’, an exhibition of nine photographic self portraits by queer female artists that will also respond to ideas around looking and subjectivity in reference to identity politics.
The exhibition runs from 11 January until 4 March and there are several events scheduled to take place during the show as a platform for discussion around the work and broader themes raised.
Please see the http://newartprojects.com/ for more.
Lots Road Group member Sharon Low has now completed her Postgraduate MA Printmaking at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts in London. Congratulations!
Two of the drawings are a sneak preview of the Postgraduate Summer Show which runs from 14-19 July. They are from the series entitled “Female family ghosts (past, present and future)” and are fine art digital prints on Japanese lens tissue and measure 95cm x 180 cm.
When Hero Johnson’s painting of Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond was accepted for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ Annual Exhibition, the Lots Road Group were faced with a hole in their show, currently on tour to the Cambridge Literary Festival.
So Hero Johnson returned to the first portrait of him she began, one which is bigger than the RP one that was first shown at Waterstones in Bloomsbury in autumn last year. This one is bigger and quite different from the other not least because it includes many more of his belongings, which give further insight into the author.
Hero’s second painting can be seen here, taking up four seats on the train to Cambridge, and hung at the exhibition.
As many of you will know this Sunday 8th March people around the world will be celebrating International Women’s Day and so it seemed only fitting that this is the week we let you all in on the Lots Road Group’s next big project. Our artists have been meeting and researching their sitters, priming their canvases and getting down to the very challenging business of making portraits.
Portrayed ! 25 Years of Inspiring Women:
Our next show is set to open on the 26th May at the Chelsea Gallery and will celebrate and commemorate The International Women’s Forum UK‘s 25th Anniversary with portraits of 16 of its most inspiring women – its 4 founders and first 12 chairs.
IWF UK is part of the International Women’s Forum, an organisation which advances leadership across careers, cultures and continents by connecting the world’s most pre-eminent women of significant and diverse achievement. With over 5000 women leaders across 6 continents and 33 nations, the IWF has unprecedented global reach to exchange ideas, learn and inspire, and promote better leadership for a changing world.
The portraits have been created by artists in the Lots Road Group – artists who all studied at The Heatherley School of Fine Art in Chelsea, one of the few art colleges that focus purely on portraiture, figurative painting and sculpture. Together they have captured in oils, acrylics, pastel, and print the 16 women who founded or chaired IWF UK during its first 25 years.
Susan Young, who chaired the organisation during its 25th year and championed the initiative said:
”I am delighted to embark on this special collaboration with the Lots Road Group. This is a wonderful opportunity to capture the essence of our leaders on canvas and represent inspiring leadership in an innovative medium.”
We’re all very excited about the show (details for your diary below) and cannot wait to share what we’ve all been up to with you. Many of our sitters are truly inspiring women, leaders in their respective fields and have been real game changers for business, politics, sports and other aspects of life in the UK. To give you further insight into the process of connecting with these women we will also have a catalogue containing information about our artists and sitters available online and on sale at the exhibition.
We hope to see you at the Chelsea Gallery in May !
Exhibition Venue: The Chelsea Gallery, Chelsea Library, Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road SW3 5EZ
Exhibition Dates: Tuesday 26th May to Sunday 7th June 2015.
For further information please contact Stella via firstname.lastname@example.org
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If you would like to commission a portrait – or buy a piece of figurative art – from one of the members of the Lots Road Group of artists, you can see their work on their websites and/or contact them individually by email.
Alla Broeksmit www.allabroeksmit.com
Martin Burrough www.martinburrough.com
Nichola Collins email@example.com
Katherine Firth firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine Klein email@example.com
Sharon Low www.sharonlow.com
Viviana Macchi www.vmacchidicellere.com
Sarah Jane Moon sarahjanemoon.com
Hilary Puxley www.hilarypuxley.com
Colleen Quill www.colleenquillartist.com
Lucinda Rendall www.lucindarendall.com
Sarah Reynolds firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Richardson www.sarahrichardsonportraits.com
Elizabeth Shields www.elizabethshields.com
Mark Stevenson email@example.com
Stella Tooth www.stellatooth.co.uk
Commissioning a portrait
Prices vary for a medium sized portrait, according to whether it is head, head and shoulders, waist up, three quarters or full length. It also depends on whether it is an acrylic or oil painting, executed in pastel, a print or a drawing – and how many people are to be depicted.
Some artists work only from life (with up to six morning or afternoon sittings required in your home or in their studios) some from a combination of life and photographs. Prices are tailored to individual needs and the process is a collaboration between artist and sitter. Typically a head in oil or acrylic might start from £600 and prices rise to around £4,000.
Between helping install our next group exhibition, ‘Motherhood’, Mark Stevenson catches up with us to share a few words about painting, life and inspiration.
How did you become a painter?
It took a while! At school I went down the science route – even though I wanted to do art I couldn’t – and after university I spent 17 years in the oil industry, exploring for oil and gas. Just after my 40th birthday I decided to take a break. It started as a year out but I never turned back. I was inspired and encouraged to paint by my mother, a watercolourist, and by an elderly architect friend. I joined his life class – pencil, charcoal, pastels – but soon realised I wanted to paint.
I studied first at Lavender Hill Studios, where they take a traditional approach to portrait painting, and then the diploma at Heatherleys where the project based course run by practising artists helps one find one’s own style – eventually.
In painting from life, whether a nude or portrait, it is such a challenge to compose and produce something worth looking at. So initially it was this challenge, and the thrill of composing and developing a painting, studying the landscape of the body or face and getting it on to paper or canvas. Later it became more about what I get back from painting, expressing myself and getting lost in a painting. It can be very fulfilling, and very frustrating.
Which other artists do you look to for inspiration and why?
I like painterly works, where there is movement and plasticity in the way paint is handled. I’m not keen on photo realism. It’s no surprise then that I’m inspired by Van Gogh, Lovis Corinth and Freud. Freud is incredible, I like his challenging compositions, relatively limited, subdued palette and bold juxtaposition of colour temperature in his flesh tones. Corinth is just amazing in his virtuoso handling of paint.
What, to you, constitutes a good portrait?
A likeness is only important to the sitter and people who know the sitter. Any portrait that moves you is a good portrait and far more important. A portrait that draws you in and says something about the inner life of the sitter is a successful work.
Do you have any projects that you would like to tell us about ( exhibitions, articles,websites, commissions, personal projects?)
I don’t have any big projects or themes I’m working on. I have a few portrait commissions coming up and I’ll continue my urban landscape painting when it stops raining.
Many thanks Mark! We hope to see more of your work soon.
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