The Reuben Lenkiewicz Art Gallery Presents a Louise Courtnell Painting Demonstration 5th May 2018 at 14:00.
This is a rare chance for a Painting Demonstration by an exhibitor at the National Portrait Gallery and highly skilled student of Robert Lenkiewicz.
This will be a fascinating opportunity for artists and the general public to have a demonstration in the technicalities of Robert’s painting style. Louise will no doubt give a fascinating insight into the Lenkiewicz studio and its creative process.
Louise Courtnell met Robert Lenkiewicz in 1987. He became her mentor and teacher and there followed an intensive two year ‘apprenticeship’ in painting, which concentrated on the understanding of tone.
Her work includes landscape and still-life, however she has always had a passion for portraiture. She has been a regular exhibitor at the National Portrait Gallery, (BP Portrait Award) from 1991 to 2001 and was commended for two self portraits. Commissions have included Dr. Rowan Williams, (2002) and Robert, Earl of Edgcumbe, (2008).
She reveres the work of Rembrandt and Van Dyck. In her opinion, the greatest and most moving paintings ever made were Rembrandt’s late self-portraits, which remind us of our own mortality and humanity. She also feels strongly that there is a place for the observational painter in a world of the instant, digital image.
“Life is a tragedy. That’s why we have the Arts – to make it more bearable.’’ R.O.Lenkiewicz.
The Reuben Lenkiewicz Art Gallery
1a Northumberland Place
£15 (Book in advance to avoid disappointment).