'Amy'  oil on Canvas, 186x142 cms , exhibited in the BP National Portrait Award at the National Gallery  & then to Aberdeen city art gallery.

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Portrait in Blue. Oil on Canvas 212x152 cms

Portrait in Blue. Oil on Canvas 212x152 cms

Portraits

VICTORIA paints LARGE FORMAL PORTRAIT COMMISSIONS AS WELL AS THE 45 MINUTE " CHAIR" STUDIES. SEE BELOW.

“Amy sits for her portrait”

For Victoria

by

U.A. Fanthorpe

 

Like a pre-cambrian hill, she looks down

mildly at our callow landscape.

We stare, we ask. She endures, having learned

over the years to perform herself.

Her part is racy rustic; which she isn't.

Her standards are her own, so clearly better

she never explains them. We have to guess

why she brought her private shepherd's pie.

Solid among the pates and lasagne; why

As we slop about in the sun, in shorts and sneakers,

She's upright in straw hat and floral print;

Why she takes posing seriously;why she sings,

Recites, talks about education; why the dogs

revere her, lying in the shade behind her chair;

why she never tells her age; why she's always saying

Rome wasn't built in a day. So old.

So many dead-end jobs, so clever, now

She lives in a different country, translates

Patiently into our language, knows how to tell her life

As if it were a story. She has poise

Of one who never had a chance,

And yet is always listened to.

Not a turn, though that's how she play's it.

The speechless portrait speaks the truth.

Don't listen. LOOK.

 
 
Stripped By Blue, Oil on Canvas, 186 x 142 cms 

Stripped By Blue, Oil on Canvas, 186 x 142 cms 

“The Chair”   

Forty five minute portrait sittings in oil.

An ongoing project, where the sitter can move and talk. I do several of these sittings each week. 

If you would like to sit please email me, there is no pressure to buy the painting .