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Posts Tagged ‘portrait’

Neel / Picasso at the Sara Kay Gallery

Friday, May 10th, 2019

Sara Kay Gallery is pleased to present Neel / Picasso, on view through July 20. The exhibition features significant portraits from private collections by the artists Alice Neel (1900-1984) and Pablo Picasso (1881-1973).

Neel and Picasso were contemporaries who transformed and revitalized portraiture in the 20th century. For the first time, their works will be shown exclusively side-by-side. The exhibition explores the artists’ internal landscapes, the relationships with their subjects, and exemplifies the development of modern portraiture.  Through select paintings by both artists, this exhibition offers a revealing parallel view of two key 20th century painters.

Picasso said that his work acted as a “sort of a diary.” Neel claimed she was “a collector of souls…” capturing “what the world has done [to her sitters] and their retaliation.” Linked in time, differing in approach, the parallel viewing of these two innovative 20th century painters offers insights into both their artistic achievements and the radicalization of portraiture.

Inaugural annual portrait exhibition launched at Degree Art (14 Jul-8 Sep)

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 and Contemporary Collective are delighted to present their inaugural, annual portrait exhibition. A contemporary survey of the most promising artists working within portraiture today, featuring established and emerging talent, the exhibition seeks to question the relevance of portraiture in the digital age and the how artists’ are becoming increasingly influenced by new media.

The selected artists’ have received notable successes and achievements including: BP Portrait Award, BP Portrait Travel Award, Sky Arts Portrait Artist Of the Year Award and Signature Art Prize.

If you would like further information on the exhibition, please contact

Tim Benson at Highgate Contemporary Art in November

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013


Image: Tim Benson’s Blue Smoke at Dusk, Djemma-El-Fna, Marrakech (Courtesy of Highgate Contemporary)


Highgate Contemporary presents a new solo show by gallery artist Tim Benson. Tim’s use of bold and purposeful brushstrokes and his understanding of colour, light, shape and form will once again be revealed in a new body of work, which are delighted in exhibiting. Tim’s curiosity and experimentation is evident in this exciting exhibition covering portraiture, figurative and landscape work. Click  here to read the full Press Release.

“From the outset of this exhibition, I wanted to work on a relatively small scale, to focus on paintings completed in a single sitting, be that a plein-air landscape or a still life. This level of energy and intensity is absolutely crucial to the success of a painting, as I find that a slower, more considered approach simply doesn’t translate into vigorous and meaningful mark-making ……” Tim Benson

This show will run from 6th to 30th November and the Private View is on Wednesday 6th November 6 – 8.30pm. Please contact Highgate Contemporary if you need any details or would like to be placed onto the gallery’s mailing list.


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