Characters: Portraits and People from the Arts Council Collection
12 October 2013 – 7 January 2014
A host of characters both real and imagined, painted by British artists over the last 60 years.
Featuring works by Francis Bacon, Paula Rego and Turner Prize nominee Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, the exhibition looks at how observation compares with invention in the practice of painting people.
Arranged in two contrasting halves, the display pits works by Frank Auerbach, Lucian Freud and Euan Uglow – champions of the observational method – against inventive masterminds such as Peter Blake and Hew Locke.
Highlights include include Richard Hamilton's depiction of Hugh Gaitskell as a famous monster of filmland, Bacon's study for a portrait of Van Gogh and Maggi Hambling's close-scrutiny painting of elderly widow, Frances Rose.