Heads Up 2020
group show

12 - 29 February 2020

Contemporary portraiture’s relevance, the reconsideration of a mode that had been thought out of fashion, is back in varying forms, and is our opening show for 2020.

Why paint someone’s picture in the age of the selfie? Because a selfie is a moment, and often, thankfully, gone in a moment, whereas a portrait, real, imagined, or an abstraction open for interpretation is with us forever, an object for prolonged contemplation. It is stabilising and reassuring to look at the work of an artist who is clearly in control of the craft, who is able to depict a reality that is material and grounded in the recognition of prolonged observation.

The depiction of the human face and figure has been one of the constant subjects of art since the first stone age cave paintings and has continued to be been reinterpreted in various styles throughout history, so it is apt we with our artists continue this tradition.

Richard McWhannell, Disintegration (2012) oil on linen 1830 x 1520mm

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Joon Hee-Park, Melancholia (2018) oil on canvas 760 x 910mm

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Philippa Blair, Headways II (2013) oil on canvas 510 x 510mm

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Sarah Dolby, Yellow (2020) oil on aluminium 740 x 640mm

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Sarah Dolby, Candy Land (2016) oil on linen 800 x 650mm

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Tony Lane, Three Saints (2004) oil on gesso panel 800 x 1200mm

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Paul Jackson, Man with Pipe (2016) oil on linen 820 x 735mm

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Richard McWhannell, A Picture For Oum Kalthoum (2018-19) oil on canvas on board 895 x 1220mm

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Richard McWhannell, The Poet Who Loves The Sound Of His Own Voice (2015) oil on canvas (framed) 550 x 460mm

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Tony Lane, Crucifix (2014) oil & schlagmetal on gesso panel 1080 x 1020mm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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