The Ruth Borchard Collection is the UK’s only public collection of self-portraits by British and Irish artists, with 150 works and growing. The Original Collection was the life-long project of Ruth Borchard, who built up a collection of 100 self-portraits by the most distinguished twentieth-century artists in Britain. The Prize offers a unique opportunity for new and established artists alike to compete for a £10,000 prize, and the chance for their work to be purchased for the Ruth Borchard Next Generation Collection. Emily Tull's portrait, which has been shortlisted, is from a series of hand-embroidered works of art.Here's what she says about the work:
"In this series beauty and fragility are enhanced. Hand stitching takes the place of drawing, abstracting the subject, breaking down the features to a more vulnerable state. The thread 'melting' into the fabric representing delicate 'skin'."You can see her portrait "Fragility #2" exhibit along with other entries for the prize at Piano Nobile Kings Place,London until the October 9th
They broke the mould when they made this issue’s cover star Jimmy Edgar.
Larry Rostant's portrait of Jimmy Edgar is psychedelic, freaky, funky — and that’s not just his music. With a life well lived that’s reflected in the extraordinary scope of his albums and DJ sets, he’s not afraid to be different — and celebrates that difference.
A celebration of creativity, freedom and diversity is something that dance music should be about, but is something all too often lost in the chase for filthy lucre. Jimmy’s a star like they used to make, someone with something to say, and it seems that now more of us are listening than ever.
Whilst keeping in line with the same visual language as recent works, Sam produced an experimental series in portraiture that captures the broad achievements of these well known scientists.
After graduating in 2011 Sam has constantly pushed fresh subject matter into his work and for this series wanted to combine both style and substance as opposed to leaning solely on style. Sam’s commissioned work is predominantly non portrait so wanted to strengthen the portfolio and appeal to a wider range of clients.
One of Phosphor Art’s latest illustrators was noticed by Mark Reddy and Sarah Pascoe at BBH recently. Alexander illustrated portraits of some of the BBH team in his signature style for a special awards dinner.
Each team member’s personality shines through in the quirky illustrations which reflect their nicknames through props and clothing. Everybody was very happy with the result – so much so that BBH commissioned two more portraits even after the event had happened.
Embroidery artist Emily Tull made it to the top three artists in the regional final for Sky Arts Portrait of the year series which was filmed earlier this month.
Emily had to produce an embroidered portrait of her model Melvyn Bragg within the time limit of 4 hours - quite an achievement in such a small space of time. Emily worked at the Wallace Collection - here is her finished piece, and another more finished and detailed piece which she finished at home ...... Emily's work will appear within the book that Sky Arts have also produced which accompanies the series....
Emily Tull is represented by Artist Partners
Joint London commission Ruth Palmer for these retro portraits for Dave's Crackanory.
Currently splashed over the underground, the 48 sheet posters of six celebrities were painted in the style of 60's and 70's children's book illustrations. And to promote Dave's new Crackanory series, the portraits include David Mitchell, Vic Reeves, Johnny Vegas and Ruby Wax. Ruth says "I love the painting styles of the old picture books and so this was a really enjoyable project to work on."
Ruth Palmer is represented by Illustration
Chrissy Lau works with La La Land to design a unique range of packaging for their new scarf range.
Each fashionable lady was created with a distinct style and personality to complement each scarf design. The ladies were immortalised as cardboard hangers making them a striking point of sale display and keepsakes for customers to hang their scarf. Chrissy says "It was really exciting to see my illustrations as unique packaging that the customer can keep as a piece of artwork but also function as a hanger. I am over the moon with how striking they look in real-life. I'm currently working with La La Land on a scarf design which is top secret so stay tuned for an update!" The client was pretty happy too, Ludi Chu of La La Land says "Chrissy was the best on the Scarf Hangers project! It was a last minute idea to introduce four extra scarves to our range and we needed the scarf hangers completed in just a few days. Chrissy was so prompt at meeting to discuss the project, working to the brief and delivering the final images on time. Throughout the process it was a pleasure, as always, to work with the brilliant and cheerful Chrissy".
Chrissy Lau is represented by Illustration Ltd