I'm looking for lockdown art at every art exhibition I'm going to at
present. This has been a major event in our social history - and such events
are always recorded in art.
I'm beginning to wonder if some are less obvious than
Here are examples I spotted at
the Pastel Society exhibition - which continues at the Mall galleries until next Saturday.
Masks are an easy way of spotting #lockdownart - but they're all different -
and there are two versions below - followed by a very complex graphite drawing
interpreting the experience of being Covid Positive.
Face to Face by Peter Vincent PS
The first one is Face to Face by
Peter Vincent PS
who mostly creates landscapes in pastels. I loved this diptych of two
simplified heads which focuses on the anonymity triggered by mask wearing. We
only know they're a different sex because one has a bun at the back. There
again chaps have bins these days too....
Face to Face by Peter Vincent
Pastel33 x 66 cm (43 x 86 cm framed) £595
Peter is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers, a Fellow of the Royal
Society of Arts and a member of The Pastel Society. He retired in the early
90s when computers made his skills in measured perspective drawing redundant
and took up pastel drawing. he works unusually - employing a mask for shapes
in his drawings. He doesn't appear to have a website and sells through
galleries - but you can
see more of his work on the Mall Galleries website
I can't breathe by Neil Rogers
The next one is titled I can't breathe by
Neil Rogers. His portrait focuses on one of the common complaints of
those using cloth masks
(I can recommend the proper medical ones with the filters which I use!)
see a much larger version here
Coronavirus Lockdown: Positive by Stefan Tiburcio
This one was possibly the most complex, complicated and sad artwork I've seen
to date. It's title is Coronavirus Lockdown: Positive by
(graphite £4,000) - and it reminds me somewhat of
Hieronymus Bosch (Netherlandish, ca. 1550–60) in terms f the focus on
figures an the complexity of the intertwining - which I take to be the
experience of mainly one person over a period of time.
The graphite seems to suit the subject. I think it would be too alarming in
Stefan has also got more fabulous artwork on his website in his Coronavirus
Lockdown category - well worth a look. I think he may be featuring
Stefan has a
BA (Hons) Drawing from Falmouth University [Cornwall, UK] - where he won an
Outstanding Student award - and then joined The Drawing Year Diploma Course
at the Royal Drawing School (The Drawing Year) [London, UK].
You can see more of his work on: