Following on from yesterday’s post, on the Sunday of my weekend in London we went to the National Portrait Museum. At the moment the BP Portrait Awards exhibition is on, apparently it’s the most prestigious award in the world!
Several paintings caught my eye from a textiles point of view…
This one is called Patchwork, it’s by Paula Wilson. It was just nice to see quilting as part of a portrait.
I loved this painting, it’s a portrait of a lady celebrating her 100th birthday. From what I can gather it was actually painted on the vintage floral fabric. If you look the pattern continues through everything. It’s painted by Monika Polak.
This was the winner of the award and deservedly so. It was absolutely beautiful, so serene and peaceful, it amazes me how anyone can paint a linen table cloth so you can almost feel the texture! It’s painted by Miriam Escodet, it’s a portrait of her mother.
We then went to the National Gallery next door, this is a painting of Madame de Pompadour at he Tambour Frame, painted around 1763 by Drouais
This was my favourite room in the National Gallery, it was the schools area. The Gallery obviously run workshops for primary school children mainly, it sounds like they study a painting and then create something similar. Some of them were seriously good, I would have been happy to paint that well! There were also some weavings, this was my favourite. The children were aged 8 and 9, from St Faith’s School in Hampshire, they had to do a weaving on the theme of a story. This one is The Three Little Pigs, isn’t it gorgeous! I just love those three pompoms!
After our day of culture it was time to say our goodbyes and set off home…with a bit of sewing on the train back!