Fair Isle David

Fair Isle David by Shona Chew

Fair Isle David
by Shona Chew
© Shona Chew

Shona Chew is a largely self-taught artist whose work has been seen in group exhibitions including those of the annual exhibitions of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (2013, 2018) and the Society of Women Artists (2012, 2013). Her work was previously selected for the BP Portrait Award in 2011.

The portrait is of the artist’s brother-in-law, David. It was developed over the course of a year from initial photographs, made while he was visiting the family, to detailed studies. These formed the basis of the close-up composition of David wearing the Fair Isle jumper that his mother had originally knitted for his father many years previously.

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