Portraits of Portsmouth

Professor Gareth Jones former Portsmouth University lecturer by Patricia Starkey
Professor Gareth Jones former Portsmouth University lecturer by Patricia Starkey
Pupils from Cliffdale Primary Academy

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Two free exhibitions of portraits of local people are on display this coming week.

A collection of portraits in oil and watercolour is on show at Portsmouth Cathedral until Thursday. And a body of pencil sketches by a sponsored artist is on display at GASP until next Saturday.

A sketch by Alannah Barker

A sketch by Alannah Barker

Face Painting

The new exhibition at Portsmouth Cathedral celebrates the uniqueness of faces.

The display of portraits painted by local artist Patricia Starkey, highlights how we are all different.

Well-known Portsmouth personalities featured in Patricia’s artworks include The Rt Revd Dr Kenneth Stevenson, who died earlier this year, and Professor Gareth Jones, a micro biologist formerly based at the University of Portsmouth.

The exhibition also includes portraits of Air Commodore Martin Palmer and Patricia’s own granddaughter Susannah Alina Starkey, aged two.

Patricia says: ‘I want to highlight the multiplicity of faces. Every face in the world is different and, to me, that’s amazing.

‘It is incredible that all the billions of people in the world have all got different faces.

‘To illustrate that, I’m borrowing back two portraits of twins that I painted,’ continues the Southsea artist who has been painting for 40 years.

Patricia trained at the University of Portsmouth and has a degree and a teaching certificate in Fine Art.

Her exhibition, titled Then and Now, includes around 80 paintings. As well as portraiture, it features landscapes, seascapes and still-life, mostly in oils and watercolours.

Non-portrait paintings featured in the exhibition include a vase of sweet peas, a view of Portsmouth harbour and St Jude’s Church, Kent Road, in the snow.

Some of the work is for sale, other paintings are ‘borrowed back from people who are enjoying them at home’.

The free exhibition in Old Portsmouth is open from 9.30am to 6pm daily until Thursday.

Snapshots and snippets

Delightful Snippets and Oddities is a new exhibition made up of pencil drawings by Alannah Barker, Gallery Art Space Portsmouth’s 2011 Sponsored Studio Award recipient.

Alannah’s residency at GASP is almost complete and culminates with this exhibition based on the people of Portsmouth.

Alannah has spent the last six months producing drawings of the public, exploring the culture and experience of Portsmouth as people walk from place to place.

The drawings depict mundane day-to-day life and relationships between people and the world around them.

Fareham artist Alannah studied Fine Art at Farnham University of Creative Arts and the University of Portsmouth. She specialises in pencil drawing and occasionally incorporates watercolour and collage.

She says: ‘The initial starting point of my drawings is to photograph strangers covertly in public spaces.

‘Photographing strangers in this way captures individuals in moments of introspection where an unexpected rawness is created.’

Alanna’s drawings replicate the photographed subjects but remove their surroundings.

‘The space of the paper is important part of compositions, it is utilized to make the subjects appear like lonely fragments that have been salvaged from a larger narrative,’ she continues.

The free exhibition at Brougham Road is open 2pm to 5pm Saturday and Monday, 2pm to 4pm Tuesday and Wednesday and at other times by appointment. All pieces are for sale.