Nicki Orton: Portrait Drawings, May 2nd to June 13th, 2009
Nicki Orton has specialised in portrait drawings for many years. This exhibition consists of large charcoal drawings of local people. She draws from the model and her aim is to give a sense of the inner person.
What exactly is a portrait?
Come and find out at a new exhibition of portrait drawings by Nicki Orton, 2 May to 13 June at Ceredigion Museum
NICKI ORTON has specialised in portrait drawing for many years, and this exhibition is of large charcoal drawings of people who live in and around Aberystwyth. She draws from life, and her aim is to give a sense of the person.
The museum's assistant curator, Gwenllian Ashley, who has been organising the exhibition, says she is delighted to be showing the new works.
"When we look at people and respond to them we don't often study their faces in depth. Most portraits, whether in painting, photographs, sculpture or drawing, represent the face, and it is interesting to see the way in which artists have worked on putting across the character of the person.
"Nicki has produced a series of fascinating pictures which capture the mood and expression of her sitters."
Gwenllian thinks most portrait artists try to capture a likeness to reveal something of the person, but that often the artists themselves are reflected in their works.
She says: "It seems to be an amalgamation of the sitter and of the artist. Throughout art history we can tell a great deal about the artist and the way they thought, and the way they responded to the image of the sitter. It seems to be the coming together of the two people and the relationship between the materials and the event."
Of her work, Nicki Orton says: "No photographs were used. The drawings were made over many sittings and are therefore a composite of expressions and moods. This is very different from the fleeting look captured by the camera or by the photo-realist painting.
"They are all charcoal on paper, fairly large, in keeping I think with the size of the gallery. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who sat for me – for their time and for their patience."