Portraiture Now: The Legacy of William Orpen’s Painting in Portraiture Today

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29 January 2020
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Portraiture Now: The Legacy of William Orpen's Painting in Portraiture Today
Wednesday 29 January
Doors open 6.45pm | 7pm
£15 | Friends £13.50

In association with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, exhibiting in Watts Contemporary Gallery from 11 January - 23 February 2020.

Sir William Orpen was President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters from 1924 - 1930. During this time, many other of the period's influential portrait painters also became members, including Sir Augustus John and Ambrose McEvoy. Drawing on the techniques and stylistic changes to portraiture in the early part of the 20th century, this panel discussion will explore the influence of Orpen and his contemporaries on portrait painting today. Chaired by Brice Curator, Dr Cicely Robinson. Speakers will include members of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Anastasia Pollard RP and Peter Kuhfeld RP (winner of the Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture 2019), as well as Charlie Schaffer, winner of the BP Portrait Prize 2019.



Image: William Orpen, R.A. Le Chef de l'Hôtel Chatham, Paris, ca. 1921. Oil on canvas. Photo credit: ©Royal Academy of Arts, London; photographer: John Hammond.


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As Brice Chief Curator, Dr Cicely Robinson leads the curatorial department at Watts Gallery – Artists' Village, responsible for exhibitions, displays, collections and conservation. Specialising in nineteenth-century British art, she leads on the development and delivery of a dynamic programme of exhibitions dedicated to exploring nineteenth- and early twentieth-century art and culture in the broadest sense.

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