On a Sunday afternoon in the middle of summer, Art Model Collective will bring a strong feminine vibe to LARA’s life room.
Two expert figure models will embrace their art hero, evoking the Magic Realist styling of the extraordinary world of Paula Rego.
AMC founder Manko will pose alongside with a professional ballet dancer Miriam to evoke the mixture of comedy and grace of the "Dancing Ostriches"!
Paula Rego was born into a privileged family in Portugal during a dictatorship, studied at the Slade under Lucian Freud, began exhibiting with the London Group in the 1960s alongside David Hockney. She became the first associate artist at the National Gallery and today is one of our greatest living painters.
Huge paintings seethed with gaggles of girls, animals, monsters and other imaginary beings… Paula Rego moves beyond the appearance of things into another zone of feeling and knowledge. Her technical skills are consummate, and carry her art far beyond gritty caricature.
“The lives of women are her theme. If she were a medieval poet, you'd say she expressed the sorrows of the daughters of Eve. She's inspired by the torments of convention and the perversity of social expectation.”
Rego’s women are mysterious and unsettling. They are strong but compliant, and they are ostriches, and they are children, scavenging for food, opening their dress to be shot.
The horror of her work, unfashionable for so long due to its painterly naturalism, seems appropriate now, as truths about the female experience are being peeled back, and a return to figurative painting has seen artists use the body to discuss, among other things, the sexist politics of art.
(Quotes from the Guardian)
These sessions are untutored and open to every level of skill.
LARA provide easels, chairs and drawing boards.
We will have a selection of paper and free materials courtesy of GreatArt.
Spaces are strictly limited to 30.
£20 tickets on sale via EventBrite in advance only.
The collaboration between AMC and LARA has been brewing for a while now and is blowing all the traditions away – this will be a truly unique blend of your beloved AMC events set in an inspiring academic environment. LARA is unique in being the contemporary-minded atelier that welcomes AMC to reinvigorate life drawing!