Opening to the public on 2nd June: What are you looking at? by Sue Spaull, a controversial portrait exhibition showing women from politics, the arts, TV and Radio, against a backdrop of nude models, in order to challenge sexism in the media.
With portraits of famous faces included Glenda Jckson, Fi Glover, Baroness Helena Kennedy, Caroline Lucas and Jane Garvey, Sue Spaull brings to The Strand Gallery, life size portraits inviting the viewer to explore and question the use of the female body. Spaull highlights the impact of sexualisation of women in the media, including pictures of topless women in the press.
Caroline Lucas says: “Sue Spaull’s exhibition challenges us to think about how we view women, and encourages us both to question the increasing objectification of women’s bodies in the media, and to celebrate the achievements of all women.”
Fi Glover comments: “I love the premise behind Sue’s work – that although the woman in the portrait might be multi talented and successful, behind the image of every woman lies the powerful force of imagery which still likes to rate women for their sex appeal to total strangers.”
Spaull aims to challenge the casual use of images of naked women by placing them in the same visual field as portraits of well known women. This way she points out the importance of professional women more generally and question the impact of images of women in the media to the way they are received.
This exhibition really does question “What Are You Looking At?” Do you really see the women in the portraits or is it the nameless naked women that draw your gaze?
What Are You Looking At? will be showing at The Strand Gallery from 2nd – 8th June 2015, 11am – 6pm.
All paintings are for sale.
Sue Spaull is a figurative painter who works in oil using neo-classical painting techniques. Sue lives and works in London and Cornwall. She exhibits in London and has had work shown in the Mall Galleries, as part of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ Annual Exhibition and in the Federation of British Artists’ Exhibition. She is Deputy Head of Painting at the Art Academy, London SE1.