Under the gaze of Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf is one of those literary legends it’s easy to feel you know, thanks to her crisp, taut prose and thoroughly frank diary entries. Now you can get to know the great author in a whole new way, with an exhibition to be held at Britain’s National Portrait Gallery.

Virginia Woolf by Vanessa Bell 1912 © Estate of Vanessa Bell, courtesy Henrietta Garnett cr National Trust, Charles Thomas

Virginia Woolf by Vanessa Bell 1912 © Estate of Vanessa Bell, courtesy Henrietta Garnett cr National Trust, Charles Thomas.

Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision will feature painted portraits, photographs, drawings and rare archival material, including a letter from Virginia to her sister, Vanessa Bell, written shortly before her suicide.

Guest curated by biographer Frances Spalding, the exhibition promises to explore Woolf’s many facets, novelist to public figure, intellectual to campaigner, as well as offering vivid glimpses of her private life. Via an array of archival material, including letters to and from her friends and acquaintances, extracts from her personal diaries, and original books that were first printed through the Virginia’s beloved Hogarth Press you’ll get to meander through Woolf’s early life, literary interests and remarkable achievements, absorb her fascination with London, awareness of modernity, and her developing feminist and political views.

Virginia Woolf in an Armchair by Vanessa Bell, 1912 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Virginia Woolf in an Armchair by Vanessa Bell, 1912 © National Portrait Gallery, London

For me, these two portrait of Woolf by her sister seems to offer a glimpse the great writer in a moment’s introversion.

I wholeheartedly intend to find the time to go along, but can’t promise I won’t be pretending to myself that I’m actually spending the afternoon with the literary lady. Wouldn’t it be fab to discover her take on today’s political, feminist and cultural issues?

VIRGINIA WOOLF: ART, LIFE AND VISION runs from 10 July until 26 October 2014 at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

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Colour Into Liquid Air – an art exhibition

gracjana rejmer-canovas painting
Hands up if you find this time of year a challenge! Yep, thought so. The utter drabness is hard-going, isn’t it?

Fortunately artist Gracjana Rejmer-Canovas seems to have come up with an antidote, just in time.

Gracjana rejmer-canovas

Gracjana’s vibrant artwork, ‘Colour Into Liquid Air’ is taking over Habitat’s Platform space on the Kings Road in London this February and March. The Slade School of Fine Art graduate has been invited by Habitat to transform its white gallery space into a sea of colour.

Citing her influences as the American Abstract Expressionists and the Colour Field Painters, Gracjana will display her work as an cohesive whole that can be separated into an array of canvases of different shapes and sizes, each offering up its own intrinsic splash of life.

gracjana pigments

For the project, Gracjana will dye linen and cotton canvases with natural pigments and then layer on acrylics and oil paints. Sounds satisfying, no?

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“The result will be walls and floors awash with paintings, and a complete interior world of colour,” says the curator of Platform, Holly Wood. “Her palette of materials and references take you on a journey and remind you of brighter days and faraway trips.”

The boldness of the art on show could be just the thing to get you through till spring.

gracjana rejmer-canovas sea of colour

Rejmer-Canovas’ ‘Colour Into Liquid Air’ at Platform will run until 23 March 2014 and is supported by the Polish Cultural Institute, London. A video of the making process in the space will be shown in the space on loop. Opening times: 10am-6pm weekdays 9:30-6pm Saturday 12-6pm Sunday. The exhibition is FREE to attend.

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