Artist Stella Tooth joined the occasional series on motherhood and creativity on www.storyofmum.com, sharing how her art links to her experience of mothering, and talks about her upcoming group exhibition “Motherhood”.
The exhibition by the Lots Road Group takes place at the Chelsea Library, Kings Road, SW3 from Thursday, 20 March until Mother’s Day (30 March).
The exhibition is accompanied by a book which contains all the portraits featured in the exhibition which are executed in a variety of media from oils, acrylics and pastels to print. Some were completed from life, others after death from studies and photographs. The book will be sold at the exhibition in aid of Oxfam’s Mothers Appeal.
The exhibition and the book also provide “a fascinating insight into the craft of portrait painting: from the artist who set aside her oils for speedier pastels to portray her mother with life-long back problems, to another who describes the quick work required to capture the likeness of a mother-in-law, suffering from Alzheimer’s, who would ‘forget’ her presence, to another who listened to the music she used to share with her mother to help her complete the portrait begun before her death. ”
The Heatherley School of Fine Art’s Principal Emeritus, John Walton RA, writes about the portrait he painted of his own mother in the foreword to the book.
The Lots Road Group was established to “facilitate camaraderie and provide a platform for exhibiting and maintaining professional networks. In 2014 they have come together to create this tribute to motherhood.”