...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.
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.