Thackeray Gallery in Kensington has announced its 2016 autumn exhibitions. Starting on 13 September with Jennifer McRae, moving through to Gareth Parry in October and finishing with Delphine Hogarth in November. The Resident gets the skinny on these three fantastic Living British Artists…
Royal Scottish Academician Jennifer McRae, who studied painting at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen from 1987-1992 and received a First Class Degree in Fine Art, brings her exhibition, Hinterland, to Thackeray Gallery from 13-30 September 2016.
Heralded as one of the most inspiring and talented artists working today, McRae creates work that combines reality with imagination, working from life while adhering to her own sense of detail and expression of design. This particular way of working in turn feeds her inspirations regarding her commissioned portraits, opening up contemporary possibilities to reflect the sitter’s world.
This forthcoming exhibition marks Jennifer McRae’s 10th year with Thackeray Gallery. Hinterland is an extraordinary collection of 40 narrative portraits, interiors and still lifes.
McRae’s work has been exhibited both in the UK and the US and she has often used travel to search out new inspiration to feed the creative process. Her work can be found in many public collections including the National Portrait Gallery, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Reading Museum, Singer & Friedlander, Aberdeen Arts Gallery, Garrick Club, Lord’s MCC Museum, The Royal Society, The Royal Collection, Windsor.
McRae’s latest portrait commissions have included Dame Judi Dench and Sir Chris Hoy and she has just completed her third commission for the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Royal College of Art graduate Gareth Parry brings his show ‘Look Stranger at this Island now’, a collection of works from the mountain to the sea and all that is in between, to the Thackeray Gallery from 11-28 October 2016.
Parry works predominantly with a palette knife, creating extra-ordinary energy and light with the paint. For many years he painted en plein air only – ‘the best training I could ever have had’ – before reverting to studio work based on sketches and memory, which he thinks of ‘as the companion of observation’. His landscapes and seascapes, while inspired by his local environment of Wales, are more about weather and the natural elements than the place alone.
Parry was born in the slate quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales, in 1951. After leaving school he went on to study at the Manchester College of Art in the late 1960’s. Following that, he worked at a local mine for two years before starting to paint once again, embracing all that came his way, illustrating or undertaking commissions as varied as landscapes, portraits and still lifes.
He has exhibited over many years in both London and Wales, and his work can now be found in both Public and Private Collections.
Delphinine Hogarth exhibits Chapters, a new collection of richly textured and abstracted still lifes, at Thackeray Gallery from 8-25 November 2016.
Born in France in 1976, Hogarth studied History of Art in Bristol, followed by an Arts Foundation Course in Paris in 1998-2000. She considers herself a Franco-Anglo Artist and currently lives and works in London.
This year her work has been selected for the Threadneedle Prize and to exhibit at the Museum Palazzo Strozzi, Florence. Her solo exhibitions include Fat Galerie, Paris; Piers Feetham Gallery, London; Zero10 Gallery, London and Thackeray Gallery, London, where she has been represented since 2014.
Thackeray Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am-6pm and Saturday from 11am-4pm at 18 Thackeray Street W8 5ET. For further information call 020 7937 5883 or see thackeraygallery.com