This winter new exhibitions will open at Welbeck’s Harley Gallery, exploring how artists capture the personality of their sitters using more than just a pretty face.
Among these exhibitions, The Harley Gallery has invited award-winning artist Sophie Ploeg to make a new series of works, which has been inspired by the portraits currently on show in The Portland Collection gallery at Welbeck.
For Identity and Dress (October 29-January 8), Ploeg has clothed her contemporary sitters in historically inspired costumes to create highly detailed, luscious portraits.
She explains: “I like to use painted fabrics to point you to the past - our past - and show you a bit of the beauty of our history. “
“Historical fashion and fabrics are tools to dive into a fantasy world with some very strong links to current modern taste and historical facts. I can pick and choose from the past and try to create images that are beautiful, a touch mysterious, recognisable or even contemporary.”