Wed 6th June, 2018, 6pm to 7:30pm
Art Portraiture and Biography
A Discussion with Alastair Adams, Sarah Cooke & Dr Barbara Cooke
Part of Loughborough University Arts Festival
Wed 6 June 2018
6pm – 7.30pm
Leonard Dixon Studio, Martin Hall
Loughborough University, LE11 3TU
Alastair Adams, Dr Barbara Cooke and Sarah Parker on the art of portraiture and biography: a discussion on how the artist or writer tries to capture the essence of the individual.
Alastair Adams has been painting portraits since the mid 1990’s over which time he has established a strong reputation as a commissioned portrait artist. His dynamic but natural and unassuming portraits earning him many high profile commissions and acclaim through national and international exhibitions.
After becoming a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP) in 2002, and taking a place on council shortly after, in 2008 he was made President, the youngest in the Society’s 120 year history. In his capacity as President, he continued to build upon the Society's history and strong reputation as a source for high quality, original and inventive world leading portraiture. Alastair also holds a research based lecturing position at Loughborough University and has published papers on commissioned portraiture, the application of life drawing within a modern educational context, drawing and visualisation and facial difference.
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Dr Barbara Cooke is a biographer and executive editor on the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh. She has recently co-edited Waugh’s memoir, A Little Learning and is now editing the semi-autobiographical The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold (1957). Her fully illustrated, site-specific biography Evelyn Waugh’s Oxford was published earlier this year and she is currently working on a follow-up featuring Oscar Wilde. Barbara’s work on autobiography explores how authors use and represent their own life experiences, while her biographies consider the relationship between visual and textual thinking. She lectures in English and Creative Writing at Loughborough University.
Sarah Parker's research focuses on nineteenth and twentieth-century literature, with an emphasis on women’s poetry, decadence and aestheticism, gender, sexualities, and visual cultures. She completed a Masters in Sexual Dissidence and Culture at the University of Sussex and gained her PhD at University of Birmingham in 2012. She then went on to be an Impact Research Fellow at the University of Stirling from 2013-2015. She currently teaches Narrative Forms and Fiction, Victorian Literature and Neo-Victorianism at Loughborough University. Her first monograph, The Lesbian Muse and Poetic Identity, 1889-1930 reconsiders the role of the muse in late-Victorian and modernist women's poetry.
Loughborough University Arts Festival
Wed 6 - Fri 15 June 2018
This term sees the launch of a brand new Arts Festival at the University, celebrating the creative arts here on campus. There is a programme of FREE daytime and early evening events, talks and workshops featuring students' work, academics, alumni and invited guests. Speakers include internationally known artist Michael Landy, crime writer Kate Rhodes and Masterchef food critic/writer William Sitwell.