Weekend Workshop: Portraiture

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25 January 2014, 11:00-17:00

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A two-day painting workshop exploring the body and portraiture with artist Sadie Lee.

Join portrait artist Sadie Lee for a two-day painting workshop, working from life and photographs. You will explore ways of making portraiture more dynamic, looking at lighting and composition, and taking inspiration from selected works in the Gallery that Sadie will discuss in a guided tour.

Sadie Lee grew up in Yorkshire and moved to London in 1988. Her imaginative paintings were first bought to wider public attention when her double portrait ERECT was selected for exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in the BP Portrait Award 1992. The image - two severe looking women sitting with arms interlocked glaring back at the viewer - was produced as a poster to advertise the annual BP Award, and within weeks all 5,000 copies had completely sold out.  The same year Sadie captured media attention as organiser and curator of the ambitious project Exposing Ourselves.  The aim of the London-based show was to bring together the diverse talents of over sixty international artists.  As well as showing at the National Portrait Gallery, Sadie has had several solo shows nationally and abroad. These include 'Venus Envy' at Manchester City Art Gallery and A Dying Art - Ladies of the Burlesque, an exhibition resulting from winning the BP Travel Award in 1996 which then toured the UK for a year after showing at the National Portrait Gallery. Sadie has also had an exhibition titled Don't Look at the Gallery of Modern Art, Slovenia where she was selected as the British representative in the international contemporary art festival.

All materials provided, suitable for all abilities.