Fiona Graham-Mackay’s exhibition at the Rye Art Gallery is a mix of faces and places. The latter she visited when travelling for a year through Asia, North Africa, the mud pools of Dorset villages, along rickety passages and back streets, into Italian courtyards and picking a way through smelly boat yards. The pictures of the faces are a contrast to the places as they capture the glamour and luxury of painting the famous where they work.
You can see, for example, Edward Watson, the principal male dancer at the Royal Ballet in his rehearsal room, soprano Danielle de Niese off-stage at Glyndebourne and Sir Andrew Motion cramped into his Poet Laureate’s Camden bolt hole, and several others. All sit still as the portrait emerges from Fiona’s talented hand.
The exhibition will be at the gallery until September 30.
Image Credits: Jane Fenn .