Eighteenth century British artists often chose to work in domestic studios, known as ‘painting rooms’, rather than professional artists’ studios. Inspired by this practice, and of Thomas Gainsborough’s own studio, this exhibition examines the ‘painting rooms’ of today’s Royal Academicians and what it reveals about the creative process of contemporary artists.
This exhibition includes around 30 black and white portraits of contemporary artists, in their homes and studios taken over a period of more than 25 years.
Anne describes the process of capturing artists in their studios as being akin to collecting butterflies.
Portraits include David Nash, Sir Peter Blake and Cornelia Parker.
Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) was born in Sudbury and baptised at the Independent Meeting-House in Friars Street on 14 May 1727, the fifth son and ninth child of John and Mary Gainsborough. In 1958, Gainsborough’s House Society was formed to purchase the house and establish it as a centre for Thomas Gainsborough. The Museum opened to the public in 1961 and has remained open for over 50 years. The beautiful historic garden at the heart of Gainsborough’s House is maintained by a devoted body of volunteers, who garden exclusively with plants that were available in Gainsborough’s lifetime.
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