The language of portraiture

Bianca Cork, Bare, Falmouth Art Gallery CollectionThey say a picture speaks a thousand words, and I believe that when the picture is a portrait, that total must be doubled or tripled. Faces tell the stories of the people who carry them – each line, freckle and blemish gives an indication of character, experience and even a hint of aspirations.

Adrian Wiszniewski Echo beach, Falmouth Art Gallery CollectionIt’s one of the reasons why I think the latest exhibition to descend on Falmouth Art Gallery has my full attention. ‘Making Faces’ begins tomorrow and runs until 14 September and promises to explore “the many ways in which artists have captured the uniqueness, beauty and strangeness of face.”

Portraits on show will include works by Adrian Wiszniewski (shown left), Sophie Anderson, Gavin Turk, Peter Blake, and, pictured at the top of this post, Bianca Cork’s ‘Bare’.

Why not go along and see how many stories you can read in each gaze?

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