4 - 9TH
Time present and time past are present in time future and time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present all time is unredeemable. What might have been is an abstraction remaining a perpetual possibility only in a world of speculation.
What might have been and what has been point to one end, which is always present…
- T. S. Eliot
Face | Time is an exhibition presenting portraits of time past and time present; referencing the faded memories of the Old Masters while at once pushing the subject into the 21st Century. Face | Time is open to the public from Friday 4th to Wednesday 9th November 2016 at 90 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7NE.
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.
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. Among the issues explored in the exhibition are the artist’s sources of inspiration, the ways in which portraits engage with identity as they are perceived, represented, and understood and constructed, and how portraiture represents a particular occasion that transcends a single moment in time. The power of these portraits rests largely in this tension between the temporal and the permanent in contemporary art. The exhibition promises to be a fascinating exploration of portrait painting now.
We look forward to welcoming you to the exhibition and invite you to enjoy the sight of these paintings, on view for a limited time, in the heart of Mayfair, London
18:30 - 21:30
Launching the exhibition will be a private view event is to celebrate the artist’s work on show.
18:30 - 20:30
A special curator’s panel discussion on the subject of portrait painting in contemporary art, in the presence of the artists.
90 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London, W1J 7NE
MONDAY - SATURDAY
0900 - 2100
1100 - 1700
Sipmith Gin will be providing drinks to support events over the duration of exhibition, including the Private View and Curator’s Talk. Inspired by two hundred years of London distilling history, Sipsmith Gin balances modern technology with traditional recipes and techniques. Sipsmith Gin has spearheaded a revival in London Gin and has won numerous awards over the years.
RESOURCES FOR AUTISM
Proceeds from the exhibition are given to Resources for Autism. The charity provides practical services for children and adults with an autistic spectrum condition and for those who love and care for them.
Jessica McBride is a fine art specialist, curator, and art advisor. Prior to founding Dellasposa, Jessica spent over six years working in several major art galleries in London, specialising in post-war and contemporary art, with a key interest in Andy Warhol. As a curator, she has mounted group shows and exhibitions by both established and emerging artists. As a writer, Jessica has authored monographs on Andy Warhol, as well as having contributed a series of essays for exhibition catalogues and private art collections.
From 2004 to 2009, Jessica read History of Art MA (Hons) at the University of Glasgow, and in 2010, she achieved an MA in Visual Culture at the University of Westminster. Jessica has also trained in journalism at the London School of Journalism in 2006, and was educated in Finance and the Art Market at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York, in 2013.