Live painting? What could be lively about painting? Surely an image, in this busy digital modernity of video billboards and live-photos,and most particularly a painting, is marked by its stillness? An Evening with Stephanie, part of the bi-monthly ’An Evening Soiree’ series at L’Escargot, more than answered our questions.
Curators Magdalena Moursy and Hugo Wheeler of Transparent Platform have allowed us a Voyuer’s peak into the very lively relationship between sitter and artist, that pervades through all portraiture. If you’re at all interested in the artistic process, watching the expressions and thoughts of an artist at work whilst enjoying a meal with a live pianist, is an incredibly enjoyable experience.
We felt the choice of a transgender sitter for the first event contrasted particularly well against the refined and eccentirc environs of L’Escargot, a beautifully restored 18th Century Soho townhouse, and lent a classical romance to the evening. Stephanie Griffths, our model for the evening, proved both erudite and more than just a bit courageous in baring all to a room full of curious strangers.
Likewise we were duly impressed by the work of artists Venetia Berry & Eleanor Johnson, who were able to produce fine work in only the time it took us to complete our also very fine three course meal.
Tickets for An Evening Soiree are £65, get in contact here.
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