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GAZE: A Retrospective of Portraits by Lorna May Wadsworth

Just One Macaron More Please Mr. Executioner, 2015 © Lorna May Wadsworth
Saturday 9 November 2019 - Saturday 15 February 2020

Lorna May Wadsworth is one of Sheffield’s real artistic success stories. During her 25-year career she’s captured an array of famous faces from the worlds of politics, entertainment and beyond.

This winter, Lorna returns home for a retrospective that brings together more than 100 of her most acclaimed portraits.

Explore a visual feast of paintings of celebrated sitters, including actors David Tennant, Michael Sheen and Derek Jacobi, filmmaker Richard Curtis, author Neil Gaiman, politicians David Blunkett and Tony Blair, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, and many more.

Exhibition generously supported by Philip Mould.

GAZE forms the centrepiece of three concurrent displays of Wadsworth’ work taking place across region this winter. From 9 Nov, Sheffield Cathedral will host a study for her work, A Last Supper (2009), offering an insight into the creation of the finished painting, which can be seen as part of the Graves Gallery exhibition.

In Barnsley, her portraits of Yorkshire icon and sporting legend, Dickie Bird, will go on display at The Cooper Gallery; Portraits of Dickie Bird – Lorna May Wadsworth runs from 28 Nov to 15 Feb.

Lorna May Wadsworth, Rt Hon David Blunkett, 2003. Image © the artist. 
Lorna May Wadsworth, The Book of Neil Gaiman (The Bog Oak Portrait), 2017 © the artist 
Lorna May Wadsworth, Burning Bog Oak Icons (David Tennant), 2018. Image © the artist.