Felicity Gill

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  • In an age of social media and selfie sticks, the image we portray of ourselves can be a little superficial – more focussed on what we do than who we are, what we think or how we feel. In her work as a portrait painter, Felicity Gill captures more than just fleeting moments, we get to see more facets and dimensions of the subject’s ‘being’ than you’d ever find on their Instagram. 

     

    In her figurative paintings she continues this theme with a looser gestural approach. She explores how to paint vulnerability and emotion by, for example, painting the tenderness in the touch of a hand on skin. The intention is for the flow of the paint to lead the viewer’s eye around the painting until it settles on a feature which comes into focus.

     

    A ļ¬gurative artist and portrait painter based in Kent, Felicity has exhibited with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters at The Mall Galleries in London and the Medici Gallery, Cork Street, London as well as solo shows in London and Oxford. Selected portrait commissions include Boris Johnson, Prime Minister; Sir Mark Rylance, Actor and Joan Bakewell CBE. 

     

    “Already a hugely talented and successful portrait artist, it feels as if Felicity Gill is on the cusp of a major breakthrough in her painting career. Her portfolio includes fresh depictions of the likes of Joan Bakewell and Boris Johnson.’’ Steve Pill, Editor, Artist and Illustrators magazine 2019

     

    Exhibitions:

    Solo Exhibitions: Being Human

    • R 1st -28th August 2020, The Stash Gallery, London

    Portraits for NHS Heroes 

    to view the portrait of Amy, NHS radiographer, part of @tomcroft’s wonderful Portraits for NHS Heroes project:

    https://artsandculture.google.com/project/healthcare-heroes

     

    2020

    • Solo show Being Human’ transferred to The Stash Gallery, London

    2019

    • ‘Stage and Screen’ group exhibition Mayfair, London
    • Solo show Being Human’ 29 October–9 November, The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford
    • Group Show St Julian’s Club
    • Longlisted BP Portrait Award

    2017

    • Solo show - St Julian's Club 13th Oct - 23rd November  Sevenoaks TN15 0RX 
    • Behind The Face – Personal and Public Work of Four Award Winning Kent Artists, 5th-18th June, Trinity Theatre Gallery, Church Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN11JP

    2016

    • Group Show - St Julian's

    2015

    • Self Portrait - Longlisted for BP Portrait Award
    • Selfie - Duke Street, Mayfair, London
    • South East Open Studios

    2014

    • South East Open Studios
    • Kent Painters

    2013

    • ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries – Selected by Art Critic Estelle Lovatt
    • Modern Baroque' Medici Gallery, Cork street, London
    • South East Open Studios
    • Kent Painters’ Exhibition
    • Painters’ Fine Art Society, Worshipful Company of Painter Stainers, Painters' Hall, City of London London
    • Solo Show St Julian’s

    2012

    • 'Art in the City' group exhibition, Worshipful Company of Painter Stainers, Painters' Hall, City of London
    • 'Natural Selection' group exhibition, Spa Galleries, Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells
    • Pure Arts Fair, group exhibition, Battle
    • Kent Painters, group exhibition, Sevenoaks
    • South East Open Studios

    2011

    • South East Open Studios

    2010

    • Originals10 Contemporary Printmaking Show, Mall Galleries, London
    • The Art Room Gallery, Ashford

    2009

    • Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London
    • Portico Gallery Group Exhibition
    • Two Week Gallery, Sevenoaks
    • South East Open Studios

    2008

    • Seal Chart Group Exhibition

    2007

    • Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London - Boris Johnson and Joan Bakewell ‘showcased’
    • Seal Chart Group Exhibition

    2004

    • South East Open Studios

    2003

    • Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London

    2000

    • Adelaide Central Group Exhibition

     

    Major Commissions

    • Boris Johnson Prime Minister
    • Lord Drayson, Minister for Science and family
    • Joan Bakewell CBE, Journalist & Broadcaster
    • Mark Rylance, Artistic Director, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre 1995-2005
    • Professor J.N. Hunt, Emeritus Professor Mathematics, University of Reading
    • Professor Bernard Silverman, Master of St Peter’s College, Oxford
    • Professor Alena Ledeneva, Professor of Russian Politics, UCL
    • Professor John Willis, Emeritus Professor Mathematics,Cambridge
    • Barbara Windsor MBE, Actress
    • David Skinner OBE, Save the Children Afghanistan
    • Sir Henry Cecil, Champion Horse Trainer, commissioned by The Jockey Club
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