Marlene Dumas’ portraits of the writer Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) and his young lover, Lord Alfred Douglas (1870–1945), known as ‘Bosie’, illustrate that social attitudes do change
Geraldine Swayne is a highly regarded painter known for her intimate portrait and figure paintings in enamel on copper, aluminium and canvas. Her subjects engage in everyday activities
20 August 2020
An exclusive, new exhibition from one of Britain’s foremost painters, Chantal Joffe is to open this Autumn at the Bristol’s Arnolfini.
5 March 2017
Between 2014 and 2017 Hedley Roberts produced a series of ‘non-portraits’ of lovers, friends, family, acquaintances and strangers. Roberts begins by working from photographic collages using source materials from social media sites or images sent to him by friends. Sometimes he begins with a photographic image of someone that he wishes to portray, more usually he begins with a collaged image or photograph of someone who looks similar to his subject. Occasionally he just begins.
The first exhibition devoted entirely to portraits by Paul Cézanne will be mounted at London’s National Portrait Gallery. Cézanne Portraits will bring together for the first time over 50 of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works never before on public display in the UK.
25 October 2016
The Picasso portrait show now at the National Portrait Gallery and the big Abstract Expressionist exhibition on offer at the Royal Academy are both worth a visit.
Black and Asian lives in Britain from the 1860s through to the 1940s are explored in a new display at the National Portrait Gallery. Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862-1948 (18 May-11 December 2016) was organised in collaboration with Autograph ABP, a London-based arts charity that works internationally in photography and film, brings together some of the earliest photographs of […]
“As self-portraits these works are concerned not with self-image but with self-embodiment and how painting can materially express the experience of self. Here is the female body, mortal and splendid, but tenanted – occupied rather than objectified. As nudes these images resist the female objectification inscribed in Western tradition by asserting mutability and the freedom that […]
Peter Blake: Portraits and People, will be the first exhibition to focus on the artist’s portraiture opens in London later this November. Selected by the artist, the exhibition will feature a significant group of new works alongside earlier paintings which have never been previously exhibited, continuing his series of Wrestlers and Circus Acts as well as introducing past […]
The International news photographer René Burri has died age 81. Burri studied at the School of Applied Arts in his native city of Zurich
Josephine Lyons’ next solo exhibition, Love in Palimpsests, opens 11th December at the Menier Gallery in Southwark and promises to be an affecting exploration of the links between portraiture, archive and memory. Taking the book as an inspiration and organising principle, Lyons extends her technical mastery of the painted portrait into a series of multi-dimensional […]
The British artist Lucian Freud has left an amazing £96 million in his will making that the largest sum ever to have been entrusted by a British artist. After a widely acclaimed show at the National Portrait Gallery and a simultaneous showcase of his drawings at Blain Southern, London is a buzz about all things […]
27 February 2012
Lucian Freud: Drawings @ Blain/Southern – REVIEW ‘Everything is autobiographical. Everything is a portrait’ Freud claimed of his own work. Yet the National Portrait Gallery has decided that their stock-in-trade must not be diluted. Only conventional portraits may grace their walls – so the rest is to be found at Blain Southern. From the meticulously […]
8 February 2012
Blockbuster Lucian Freud Portraits exhibition opens at the National Portrait Gallery, tracing a life-time’s encounter with human flesh The press view for Lucian Freud’s exhibition of Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery was infused with all the mania one would expect from such a blockbuster. Including over 130 works – from a 1940 portrait of his […]