Monday, 20 July 2009

Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Collection

My grandmother commissioned emerging artists, many of which were still at art school, to paint self-portraits. Her collection of some 100 paintings record the artistic influences of the mid 20th century—art school academicism, Camden Town, Expressionism, the Euston Road School and Kitchen Sink. Each purchased for no more than 21 guineas each. Some of the painters became famous (Francis Souza, Peter Coker) and some less so but each reflection of the artist tells a story. The collection is being exhibited at Kings Place Gallery in Kings Cross from Thursday 23rd July until end of August.
p.s Proud of my Dad for making this happen. "It's the sort of thing Dad does".

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