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In Conversation: Luminary Drawings: Portraits of Film Directors

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12 July 2019, 19:00

Room 20, Floor 2

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"00:52:33" (Asif Kapadia)
by Nina Mae Fowler
NPG 7064

Artist Nina Mae Fowler talks to film critic Simran Hans about her new display of portrait drawings of leading film directors and the sittings in which each was depicted whilst watching a film of importance to them. They will be joined by one of her sitters, director Asif Kapadia, and Dame Marina Warner, former Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery who proposed the commission of the drawings.

Artist Nina Mae Fowler is known for her detailed drawings and installations which investigate themes around fame, desire and our relationship with cinema.Fowler has been shortlisted for other prizes such has the Jerwood Drawing Prize, Young Masters and The Aesthetica Art Prize. Past commissions have included portraits of evolutionary biologist Professor Richard Dawkins and biographer Dame Hermione Lee. Her works have been exhibited internationally, including frequent solo exhibitions in London, Paris and Leipzig, and are held in private and public collections including New College, Oxford, UK and the ‘Try-me’ collection, a public foundation in Richmond, Virginia. In 2018 David Lynch’s establishment Silencio in Paris held a retrospective of Fowler’s work.

Simran Hans is a writer and film critic for The Observer.

Academy Award and four time BAFTA winning Asif Kapadia is the director of Senna, the highest grossing British documentary of all time, Amy, the unforgettable story of five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse and Diego Maradona, in cinemas from 14 June.

Novelist, critic and cultural historian Dame Marina Warner is the author of books including Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and Cult of the Virgin Mary (1976);  From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and their Tellers (1994), Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale (2014) and  Forms of Enchantment: Writings on Art and Artists (2018). She is the President of the Royal Society of Literature.

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