G F Watts was a portrait painter and sculptor, famed for depicting 'ideas, not things'. In a similar way, local artist Louise Grundy explores the words, records and stories behind both famous and not-so-famous faces. Louise is best known for her Ancestry Heads project, a series of sculptural heads drawing on the themes of history and memory.
Louise Grundy is our Artist in Residence throughout William Orpen: Method & Mastery. She primarily works in sculpture, creating layered paper portraits inspired by archival material and family history. Louise studied 3D Design at the University of Brighton and textile construction at City & Guilds. She has been a teacher and workshop leader for over twenty-five years and has previously worked for Surrey Youth Service and Hampshire Cultural Trust. Louise has been Artist in Residence at St Andrew's School, Cobham and St Joseph's Specialist School and College, Cranleigh, where she initiated practical training in art for teachers. The Ancestry Heads project started in 2016 and she has since created over 30 sculptural portraits for exhibition and private commissions.
Throughout her residency, Louise will be making art inspired by G F Watts's Hall of Fame portrait series, as well as our two seasonal exhibitions, William Orpen: Method & Mastery and The Show Goes On: A Theatre of Portraits by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.