| Artist statement |
This exhibition presents the portraits created by Alex Bird, during the coronavirus pandemic. His work is a celebration and recognition of all the hard work that key workers have done throughout 2020. Each portrait is a documentation of a moment in time for the selected key workers. Alex always wants to deliver a raw, honest perspective about his subject models, drawing them as he sees them, often through hyper-realism.
To be on the 'Frontline' is to be the line of soliders closest to the enemy, often sent out first when war is raging and least likely to come back home. The title of the exhibition reminds us of the sacrifice key workers make in times of crisis by continuing their jobs regardless of the risk involved. It also provokes questions around what support networks are being provided to those who are working in the most active and necessary positions on behalf of others.
Alex will also be presenting live streams of new portraits throughout the exhibition program including key worker interviews.
Alex Bird is a West Midlands based artist who works with Graphite and Charcoal to build multiple layers which eventually form into emotive realistic portraits. After studying at Margaret Street School of Art and achieving a BA and MA in Fine Art, Alex is now a studio holder at Asylum Art Gallery and Studios in Wolverhampton. He has spent the last year focused on refining his drawing skills and is now looking to enter more group exhibitions and portrait awards
Frontline gallery residency
Residency in the gallery | 4th June - 24th June
Visit by appointment to see the artist working in situ. To arrange a viewing during the residency by contacting the artist on :
25th June | 7 pm-9 pm
26th June | 11 am - 4 pm