'In Pursuit of Things Past' at Dellasposa Fine Art, London

Dellasposa Fine Art, London, presents "In Pursuit of Things Past," an exhibition featuring works of still-life and portraiture by Darren Coffield and Isabella Watling. The exhibition will be on view through May 6, 2017.

"In Pursuit of Things Past" features a new series of paintings by Darren Coffield (b. 1969, London, UK) inspired by the 18th century French artist, Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin. In true Proustian light, Coffield presents the everyday world as extraordinary through his observations and compositions. These still-life paintings resemble a jigsaw, aimed at subverting the viewer's expectations and relational perspectives.

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Darren Coffield – In Pursuit of Things Past

A new exhibition of still-life paintings by the provocative contemporary artist, Darren Coffield, alongside portraits by the rising portrait painter, Isabella Watling.

In Pursuit of Things Past offers a Proustian meditation on time, memory, and the aesthetic impulse.

Unveiling a new series of paintings by Darren Coffield, the artist uses as his motif still-life paintings after the 18th century French artist, Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin (1699-1779). Darren Coffield draws parallels with Proust’s rumination on time past and time present by examining how we see and perceive the world around us.

Alongside Coffield’s portraits are recent works by the young apprentice to Velásquez and Titian, Isabella Watling. Trained at the Charles H. Cecil studio in Florence – the oldest artist atelier in Europe, where da Vinci is known to visit – Watling practices the sight-size technique of painting. She continues to paint from life, following in the footsteps of the Old Masters, by considered observation of her subjects; a vision in unison with memory, which expresses the greater reality of light, colour, and form.

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I Don’t Want Us To Be Remembered As Generation Selfie

Much has been written about the ubiquitous selfie, and whether you think it’s empowering or shallow, it’s certainly become a staple of our generation [...] Perhaps the antidote to the monster we’ve created lies in its origins: portraiture as an art form, to present an image which will make people feel something, have an opinion and a critical eye, beyond judging the whiteness of our teeth and the sheen on our hair. An upcoming pop-up art exhibition is doing just that and while I applaud their efforts, I worry that we’ll still forever be remembered as the generation obsessed with pictures of ourselves looking pretty.

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FACE|TIME – Contemporary Portrait in the Age of the Selfie

Face|Time, a new group exhibition at Dellasposa Fine Art, argues that in these Selfie obsessed times we need painted portraiture more than ever. But are they right? This post takes a closer look at the artists featured in the show to see how their work is more powerful and relevant than ever, and tells us more about ourselves than a selfie ever could.

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Anti-Selfie Exhibition to bring Portraiture into the 21st Century

An anti-selfie exhibition is set to run in London next week with the aim of bringing portraiture into the 21st century.

The pop-up show highlights the emptiness of our social media personas through revealing portraits which show their subjects’ flaws – and what it is to be human.

Dellasposa, a new London-based gallery, will host Face | Time which looks to bring to light the relevance of portraiture today through contemporary paintings which offer sincere portrayals of people – unlike our manufactured identities on social media.

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Tatler - November 2016

Having a portrait painted never isn't awkward. By its very nature, it creates a poseur and a voyeur whisking up a rendering that will only be voyeured by other voyeurs. That's the point. You can dismiss portraiture as vanity. Easily. But if art is vanity, then what the f--- is Instagram?

In the age of over-documentation, when every wedding features a full film crew and couples give screenings of their honeymoon pictures; when no mantelpiece is safe from the triptych photo card, be it for Christmas, birth or engagement; when instant self-reflective gratification is all that we know: BRING BACK PORTRAITURE.

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Widewalls - Portraits Through Time

As Charles Baudelaire once wrote, what could be more simple and more complex, more obvious and more profound than a portrait? Throughout the history of art, portraiture has been one of the most used and most important artistic genres. When exploring the plethora of artistic portraits through time, this powerful magic of portraiture becomes clear. In a selfie era we live in, it might be the moment to reexamine the idea of our own selves and those of others. A group exhibition entitled Face | Time will present portraits of times past and present, referencing the work of the Old Masters, while also pushing the subject into the 21st century. The idea of the self and time will be mediated through recent artworks by artists Isabella Watling, Wanda Bernardino, Sabatino Cersosimo, Emma Hopkins, and Simon Davis.

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PressSam HaywoodPress, Dellasposa
Art Rabbit - Face | Time

In a world of selfies, it is time to again look at the self; our own selves and those of others. Here, ideas of the self and time are mediated in new and recent works by artists Isabella Watling, Wanda Bernardino, Sabatino Cersosimo, Emma Hopkins, and Simon Davis - all of whom were specially selected for their ambitious and visionary conception of contemporary portraiture. 

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PressSam Haywood
KCW Today - Dellasposa Fine Art presents Face Time pop-up exhibition

Dellasposa Fine Art challenges self-perception in a selfie world in the new portrait exhibition, Face Time with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the charity, Resources for Autism. 

The exhibition aims to unite past and present by presenting some twenty paintings contemporary artists that echo the memories of the Old Masters whilst challenging traditional notions of portraiture.

Curated by Dellasposa Fine Art, Face Time is to provide a 21st century take on an age-old discipline. Among the issues explored in the exhibition is the way in which portraits engage with identity as they are perceived, represented, understood and constructed, and how portraiture represents a particular occasion that transcends a single moment in time.

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Sam Haywood