F A C E | T I M E
4 - 10 November 2016
Preview: Thursday 3 November 2016
90 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7NE
FACE | TIME presents portraits of time past and time present;referencing the faded memories of the Old masters, while at once examining the subject in the 21st Century.
In a world of selfies, it is time to again look at the self; our own selves and those of others. In this exhibition, ideas of the self and time is mediated in new and recent works by a group of artists specially selected for their visionary conception of portrait painting today.
As the portrait serves to freeze time and extend the life of the represented individual, these paintings appear as records of specific moments in time and the evocation of something more lasting. Following in the tradition and techniques of the Old Masters, Isabella Watling portrays her subjects in the most elegant and refined manner. Wanda Bernardino’s portraits appropriate individuals from historic paintings; in seeking the elusive connection with the past she uncovers the processes behind the original and transcribes marks across time. Italian artist, Sabatino Cersosimo, centres his art on man’s psychological and relational complexity. Simon Davis paints his subjects with a muted pallet and subtle, introspective fashion, while Emma Hopkins depicts the raw humanity of her subjects with the greatest intensity.
Here, the power of portraiture rests largely in this tension between the temporal and the permanent in art. The exhibition promises to be a fascinating exploration of contemporary portrait painting today.