Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2020
My portrait of Mark Gatiss was selected to be part of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2020 – at the Mall Galleries, London from 16th to 26th September 2020.
I met with Mark late last year to discuss the possibility of a portrait. I wanted to include some sort of narrative and after a number of considerations, we agreed that it would be interesting to pay homage to John Minton. In 2018, Mark made a documentary about Minton (1917-57) because he has a fascination for both his life and work. One of his favourite pieces was a painting of the art critic, Neville Wallis, sitting looking at an artwork and surrounded by other works and images. It is available to view at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.
My painting is inspired by the painting of Neville Wallis. Mark is peering at a self portrait by Minton and is surrounded by a selection of images that are relevant to him or that refer to his other interests. Mark very generously provided me with postcards or prints that were special to him. He handed over a bundle of items (not all of which I used) and one of them was a postcard of an early work by Rembrandt – ‘The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp’ (1632). I particularly like Rembrandt’s paintings and so decided to feature this one quite prominently in my portrait. There are a total of twenty-four portraits in this painting of Mark!
Portraits for NHS Heroes
In March 2020 the government locked the country down to restrict the spread of Covid-19. Fellow portrait artist, Tom Croft, made an announcement on Instagram that he would like to paint a free portrait to the first NHS Key Worker that contacted him. He also suggested that other portrait artists might like to offer one too. Jane completed three NHS portraits in total. Her portrait of Jo Habben was included in a virtual exhibition organised by The Net Gallery displayed at the Fitzrovia Chapel, London – and, it has also been featured on the front cover of a book published by Bloomsbury – now available to order!
Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week
During the Covid-19 lockdown in April and May 2020, Jane joined in with the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week #PAOTY project. Every Sunday morning for nine weeks, a celebrity sitter posed for four hours whilst artists all over the world had a go at painting them.