Portraiture Unraveled in Weston

PUBLISHED: 16:26 25 May 2011

THE question of why artists paint themselves and others could be explained thanks to an exhibition being held in Weston.

Portraiture Unraveled is on show at the Lloyd Gill Gallery in Beaconsfield Road until June 24.

The exhibition has artwork that corresponds to portraiture and tackles issues of identity through irony, wit, gender, melancholy and sexual orientation.

Participating artists are Ken Allum, whose work was selected on two occasions for the Stowells Trophy at the Royal Academy and then the Medici Prize exhibition at the Mall Galleries.

He has also held a sponsored, one man show at Smith’s, Covent Garden and in this exhibition his work will sit alongsise that of Staphen Sarkissian, who is fascinated by how the real and abstract interact. He uses squeegees, boards, his hands and whatever is nearby for his creations.

Margaret Ashman, whose imagery is carefully constructed from her own photography and borrowed elements from sources such as fabrics, garments, wallpaper, or books with an oriental influence, will also have her work on show.

Joining the trio’s pieces will be that of Kim Cunningham, whose photographic work explores a sense of identity and place in society, with particular reference to our environment, Erene Dellaporta, who has always been fascinated with the female body and how it has been depicted in society and through art and Naoki Fuku, whose work is often associated with his memories, reality, consciousness and of the unknown.

Gallery open hours are 10am-4.30pm Monday to Saturday.

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