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The Power of

Portraiture

Our

picks...

...collectors picks...

...curated for you.

A very old art form, portraiture dates back thousands of years, at its core, the representation of a person’s likeness. But the subtlety of its use is far more expansive, and it has historically been used to tell rich narratives about the sitter, captured in a moment through expression, light, and the secondary scene often taken simply as background.

Their rich history is associated with power, royalty, political figures and commemoration, but with the advent of photography, portraiture has evolved in new, more democratic ways, and more so than ever, the form has become an emotive form of record, capturing life in a single frame.

Today, it remains popular amongst collectors, with contemporary and traditional explorations offering intimate and powerful works that give an insight into identity and humanity.

Our Picks

Portraiture that's featured across our exhibitions...

We soon realised that portraiture had featured far more heavily in our various shows than we had originally thought so to pick some highlights was tough but here are our nine pieces from the last few years that reflect the diversity of this form and the way in which artists make the form distinctively theirs.

Artist Close Up

Standouts

Sculptures that stole the show...

Whilst figurative rather than purely portraiture we couldn’t miss this opportunity to highlight a 3D artist whom we have worked with right from the start.

 

Elisabeth Hadley is a Brixham based artist known on the English Riviera for Man and Boy, a public work celebrating the towns fishing heritage on Kings Quay Brixham. The pieces that we show at the gallery are slightly smaller in scale but have proved to be extremely popular with a most recent sale heading off to a new home in France.

Some contemporary takes...

The invisible and the unexpected...

Portraiture can't always be taken at "face-value". Here's some contemporary examples that do something a little different.

On the left, from a dedicated portr