Thursday, 26 May 2011

Beautiful and Damned Exhibition, Blackall Studios

“A new series of work evoking the spirit of the golden age of cinema, decadence and scandal.”

I went to the private view of a new exhibition at Blackall Studios, ‘Beautiful and Damned’ by Pam Glew. The pieces were incredible; Pam lifts the colour from antique fabrics to form portraits of famous personalities from the 1920s. Josephine Baker, Louise Brooks and Charlie Chaplin were just some of the characters she has captured.

The technique used is so interesting; at first glance the works look like oil paintings but, on closer inspection, you can see that this is not the case.

My favourite portrait was of Louise Brooks, her severe bob and sharp bone structure work so well against the intricate antique fabric with its faded colours and delicate lines.

There’s a late-night opening tonight. The exhibition is on until Sunday 29th May at Blackall Studios, 73 Leonard Street London EC2A 4QS

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Pam Glew, the artist (wearing an amazing All Saints dress)

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