A brand new and original exhibition of British portraits, revealing the history of the sight size technique.
The portrait has always been at the heart of the history of painting. Its purpose has been, in part to celebrate the external appearance of the person being portrayed, yet the portrait also represents far more than this – it seeks to interpret and somehow present the intimate life and uniqueness of the sitter.
As You See Me is a brand new and original exhibition of British portraits. The aim is to reveal the history of the technique that underpins it from 1723 up to 1925, known as sight-size. Sight-size is a way of working from nature to the scale of life, so that the finished portrait has the very presence of the sitter. The first part of exhibition will include portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough. Bringing the tradition of sight-size technique right up to date, the main part of the exhibition will showcase the work of Salisbury-based portrait painter Nicholas Beer, whose work is a contemporary expression of the tradition.