The Fashion Museum in Bath has an exhibition on titled ‘Lace in Fashion’. If you know anything about my work you would have guessed I had to go and see this one. What bigger and more interesting topic could there be! Lace in fashion has been huge ever since the Elizabeth I set the trend in the late 1500s.
The art world is full of competitions. Competitions for amateurs, professionals, competitions for oil painters, pastel painters or portrait painters. Do you have a competitive side?
My solo exhibition at The Harley Gallery opened this weekend with a ‘Walk & Talk’ which was very well attended. I am very pleased with the exhibition and the many lovely comments I have received so far. I hope you get a chance to see it but here are some images, a magazine article and a short film to give you a taster.
Last Saturday was the start of a new exhibition at Blackheath Gallery in London in which I have three works. This is a new gallery for me and I am very excited to work with them. The exhibition features a large number of well known artists. All works evolve around the theme of the body, figure or portrait. Although I could not attend the private view the gallery was so kind to send me some images to get an impression. The exhibition runs until 18 June.
I was delighted to find out one of my pastel self portraits was selected for the annual exhibition of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. This wonderful exhibition is held at the Mall Galleries in London and is always a joy. So much variety in style and approach but a high quality throughout. It is a great show of contemporary portrait painting in the UK. Yesterday was the private view which I attended. Here are some photos of my favourite paintings out of many, many amazing works. The show runs until 20 May.
Last Thursday saw the opening of my two-woman show at Catto Gallery with me and Pam Hawkes. The private view was very well attended and all in all a wonderful experience. Plenty of interested and kind people, friends, live music, wonderful canapés and even a few sales; what more could I have wished for.
Yesterday I was allowed out again to attend the private view of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters at the Mall Galleries in London. This is the annual exhibition of the Institute where members show their work. Part of the show is selected from an open submission from non-members and I was honoured that the judges selected one of my paintings.
Although Jean-Étienne Liotard (Swiss, 1702 – 1789) is not very well-known (and I must admit I know very little about him) it was wonderful to go and see an exhibition without the usual array of oil paintings but one of historic pastel paintings!
The Queen’s Gallery in London has a new exhibition which opened last Friday called Masters of the Everyday. Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer. It is a celebration of Dutch 17th century painting, in particular famous old masters like Rembrandt, Gerrit Dou and Vermeer. All of the works are from the Royal Collection itself, except one exquisite Dou painting, which is on loan from the Mauritshuis in The Netherlands. This morning I went for a visit.
A new show of women artists painting women (subjects) is organised by Haynes Galleries (US) and features nearly 25 artists, including yours truly. The ‘Female Gaze’ takes centre stage in this interesting exhibition. It was inspired by the ‘Women Painting Women’ group who have been organising exhibitions for a number of years in the quest to promote women artists.
The BP Portrait Award 2014 exhibition is coming to an end at Aberystwyth Arts Centre in Wales in 2 days time. The exhibition, which opened in June 2014 and included my BP Travel Award works, has travelled from London’s National Portrait Gallery to Sunderland, Edinburgh’s Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and now is at its final stop in Wales.
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