by John Keane
oil on canvas, 2001
60 1/8 in. x 48 1/4 in. (1528 mm x 1224 mm) overall
Sitterback to top
- Marjorie ('Mo') Mowlam (1949-2005), Journalist, writer and Labour politician; MP for Redcar. Sitter in 2 portraits.
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This painting originally began as a proposal by the artist to paint a group portrait commemorating the Northern Ireland Peace Negotiations. The group was to consist of Mo Mowlam, Gerry Adams, John Hume and David Trimble. In spite of the sensitive politics of such a painting, all the sitters initially reacted positively to the suggestion. However, when the peace process went into crisis, Trimble expressed reluctance to sit for the group. Once the outlook for the peace process was more positive, attempts were made to restart the project but these failed. It was consequently decided that the commission should be changed from the Northern Ireland Peace Negotiations to a portrait of Mo Mowlam, with reference to her involvement in the peace process.
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Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Icons and Idols: Commissioning Contemporary Portraits (2 March 2006 - 18 June 2006)
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Events of 2001back to top
Current affairsLabour wins a second landslide general election victory campaigning on improvements to public services based on private finance projects. The Conservative party proved itself to be out-of-touch by ignoring public services and campaigning on the issue of Britain's membership of the EU. The day after the election William Hague resigned as leader of the Conservative Party.
Art and scienceThe Eden Project opens in Cornwall. The eco-centre, conceived by Tim Smit, replicates tropical and temporal climates and houses plants from all over the world in two domed biomes. The project is both a large-scale scientific experiment to study the environmental changes in different biomes over time, and a visitor attraction teaching the public about the natural environment.
InternationalOn 11th September (9/11) America comes under foreign attack for the first time since Pearl Harbour when Islamic Fundamentalist terrorists hijack four planes, flying two into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre, and one into the Pentagon; the forth plane crashed in a field.
George Bush launches his 'War on Terror' by invading Afghanistan to overthrown the Taliban and capture Osama bin Laden, leader of al-Qaeda.