To Portray or To Portrait Online Exhibition
1st February – 14th March
A brand new group exhibition featuring artworks inspired by the theme of self-reflection and our way of portraying the world. Artists of all ages and abilities have submitted work to make this an interesting show. Featuring a variety of media as well as a combination of human portraits, animals, and diverse ways we see the world through painting, sculpture, craft, and many more.
All the artists in the exhibition responded to our latest open call with amazing work that captures the ideas of identity and the environment around us. The mix between traditional portraits and more abstract concepts of self-reflection creates a diverse and unique exhibition that allows us to express our feelings as beings.
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Abdelhalim Kebieche / Allmuth Bourenane / Amanda Drage / Anne Brierley / Bethany Murray / Bob Black / Cameron Scott / Chris Shaw / Christopher Rowe / Conrad Johnson / Denise Brandrith / Dinah Kazakoff / Eddie Saint-Jean / Eden Leeds / Emmie Morris / Evie Medland / Fanoulla Georgiou / Glen Taylor / Glenn Badham / Honorata Chorazy-Przybysz / Imogen Perkin / Isabelle Watson / Ismail Khokon / Jane Callaghan / Josephine Sams / Josh Edgington / Keeley Page / Laura Carey / Lauren Marshall / Liga Andruce / Lynne Bradshaw / Malgorzata Woloch / Martin Baldock / Niall MacCrann / Patrizia Vidal / Paul Preston / Pybus / Rob Birch / Sharon Read / Susan Purser Hope / Tereza Yates / Violetta Liszka / Warren Shaw / Yota Kuki
My work is made in the space of tension between making and thinking, dreaming, and play. In the grip of midlife uncertainty during an international pandemic, it seems only fitting to me to make work about the small things – in this case, my relationships in the increasingly shrinking domestic sphere.
Layering sculptural materials interspersed with periods of time, reflection and meditation, these paintings provide a fleeting portrayal of the self. While other more conventional modes of portraiture allude to physical representation and analysis, the aim with this work is to turn inwards and contemplate on our own fragmentary existence.
A retired maths teacher dabbling in whatever art form takes my fancy.
I have used photographic self-portrait collage as a starting point for exploring the past and present / an autobiographical journey / a reflection of my life through my own face throughout my years and the people I have met / hated / admired / and married.
I overlay my face with that of others who have some connection to my life and some of the connections are smooth fits whilst others are less happy.
These collages are also overlaid with not just memories of friends and family, but also what is happening in my world today such as birds in my garden, through to world events, so that each composition tells a story/ comments on my life and times
I feel I need to say that I have no artistic education or training and remain in awe of the mediums which I see used that need such skill. My work is simply photographic, but through it, I have become fascinated with the forms and shapes that you can find in the natural world. The images here are of a tree reflection in a lake and all were taken within 2 seconds of each other looking at the same space. The shapes could not have been seen without the camera freezing the movement. They must still exist at some point in time and be formed by a process of light and movement of the water. I can’t help but sense the similarity to bodily forms suggesting a much closer connection between ourselves and our natural environment that we need to recognise.