Face | Time
Face | Time presents 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.
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 is mediated in new and recent works by established and emerging portrait painters. 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.
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, while surveying the practice of portrait painting in contemporary art today, Simon Davis paints his subjects with a muted pallet and subtle, introspective manner, and Emma Hopkins depicts the raw humanity of her subjects with great intensity.
Here, the power of portraiture rests largely in this tension between the temporal and the permanent in contemporary art. Featuring some twenty paintings by established and emerging artists, the exhibition promises to be a fascinating exploration of portrait painting today.