Pioneers: Lorna May Wadsworth 'The White Druid of the Gorsedd of Bards (Rowan)'
The present work offers a compelling introduction to former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. Executed on an ancient piece of bog oak, The White Druid of the Gorsedd of Bards serves as a smaller companion piece to The Master of Magdalene (cat.56) [ex no.39] that brings into focus Williams's contemplative visage and captures what Wadsworth describes as his "mystical, mythical, wise presence".
Inspired by techniques derived from Late Antique Egyptian communities, Wadsworth has applied layers of clear wax with oil paint suspended in between, so that the image rests beneath the surface, seemingly within the prehistoric wood itself. The shadows combine with the blackened oak they are painted upon, and cloudy wax evokes the mists of the Welsh valleys; a celebration of Williams's heritage.
Pioneers: 500 Years of Women in British Art explores the history of female artists in Britain who defied the status-quo. This multidisciplinary exhibition progresses from 16th century portraitists, to painters working at the forefront of the British avant-garde in the 20th century.
This active and constantly developing area of art history, which examines the historical significance of female artists, garners continual debate. We hope to contribute to this rich and evolving art historical discussion. The artists exhibited are individuals who we have researched over the last thirty years as art dealers but have never before displayed chronologically. This exhibition explores and re-presents 500 years of pioneering female artists who have been central to the development of British Art.