Wendy Elia RWA – In the Milking Parlour Gallery 7-28 March, Tues-Sat, 11-3
For the first time outside of London, this exhibition brings together key works in Elia’s catalogue that give a sense of the personal and professional journey the artist has undertaken. Key works such as ‘Maxime Spinning’ and ‘The Visit’ series will be on show. Curated by Deanne Tremlett, who has worked with Elia three times before, and in a new and exciting space for Dorset this show promises to both stun and stymie.
To coincide with her exhibition, on the 21st of March, you are invited to join Wendy [who will be teaching a Masterclass in oils, mixing and portraiture] between 10.00 and 5.00 for a full days’ class and light lunch. Places cost £80 and are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. You can secure yours by calling the gallery on 01963 363456 or visiting our website at www.guggletonfarmarts.com.*
Wendy will also be giving a talk at a reception the evening before [March 20, 6-8pm] which is free and there is no need to book*
“Wendy works in series which explore the social and broader contexts of our times. In her portrait work she confronts our voyeurism and asks questions about the female gaze and painting’s relationship to authenticity and illusion.
Elia moves from the personal to the political not only in the range of content and form in the various series, but also within individual paintings: using a range of pictorial symbols and signifiers to extend the meaning/narrative of the works.
She trained at St Martins School of Art, London and has exhibited widely being a finalist in a number of national and international competitions which include 4 times at the National Portrait Gallery, as well as The Sovereign European Art Prize, and The Threadneedle Prize. Her work is also held in a number of public permanent art collections across the country.
In 2012 she was commissioned by Sherborne House Arts and B-side (funded by the arts council) to paint a portrait of a local sports person as part of the Cultural Olympiad in Weymouth and Portland.” Her work appeared across the town in poster form on walls and bus shelters as part of the Olympiad.
*PLEASE NOTE: These events will take place, in line with current PHE guidelines [Public Health England] unless they change beforehand. Measures will be in place on admittance to mitigate the spread of infection, please attend responsibly.