Turner Contemporary is hosting an exhibition of work from the acclaimed BBC series Extraordinary Portraits.
Extraordinary Portraits involves musician and passionate collector of art Tinie (formerly known as Tinie Tempah) match members of the public with extraordinary stories to a selection of distinctive and celebrated portrait artists.
The artists are then challenged to turn these personal and powerful experiences into compelling portraits- celebrating modern Britain.
Sitters include a bisexual footballer encapsulated in a multi-media artwork, a Shetland Island cancer survivor captured on canvas and an autistic surf champion, being photographed as a sea nymph.
Nav Raman, Executive producer for Chatterbox MediaTV Production company said: “Turner Contemporary celebrates Margate’s connection with J.M.W Turner, who used to visit the area to capture the incredible sunsets you can see from the gallery. He, like us, believed that art could be an agent of change.”
“We are proud of the portraits that were produced for this series. They aren’t just technically brilliant, but also powerful”, adds co-founder of Chatterbox Ali Quirk. “This series has quickly developed a dedicated following and active fan-base. We can’t wait for them to be able to see the pictures up close.”
All 12 artists that featured on the first two seasons of the show will have their work on display, including paintings, large-scale street-art, underwater-photography, and hyper-realistic smaller works. The exhibition is being curated by Margate artist Lo Lo No, who also has a piece in the exhibition.
Artist Dale Grimshaw said: “ I so enjoyed doing the show- I genuinely felt really blessed being part of it, and meeting some lovely people, in front of the cameras and behind them”
Fellow artist Ali Quirk added: “I think that this exhibition proves that portraiture has the ability to capture both the life-story and maybe something of the soul of the sitter. It is a pleasure to celebrate these contemporary British heroes in this way.”
The Extraordinary Portraits exhibition is running at the gallery until Sunday 23rd October.
Both series are still available on BBC iPlayer.
Christy Lee Rogers
Lo Lo No
Laura Quinn Harris