Artists put portraiture in a new light for double bill

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ARTISTS have been installing a double bill of portraiture exhibitions at the Harley Gallery in Welbeck, Worksop, in preparation for the official opening on Wednesday.

Work by award-winning artists George Hardy and Yelena Popova will be on show at the gallery, on the A60.

A spokesman for the gallery said: “These exhibitions will explore expectations of portraiture.

“Despite their common theme at first glance, the two bodies of work are totally disparate.

“In Face to Face, Hardy’s large-scale, densely-worked portraits boldly gaze out at the viewer, defiant and confident.

“In contrast, Popova’s exhibition, The Portrait Gallery, fills the gallery walls with an installation of paintings.

“Translucent washes of paint on linen create abstract forms which are inspired by historical portraiture, sometimes containing a glimpse of their subject with a trace of detail or hint of drapery.

“These ghostly paintings are inspired by historical portraits, including some of those in Welbeck’s own Portland Collections.”

The exhibitions, described as “two very different faces of portraiture” run until November.