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The Gallery at Parndon Mill in Harlow holding Facing Forward exhibition online featuring Lorna Brown, Martyn Burdon, Corrina Dunlea and Jon Farningham




The Gallery at Parndon Mill, in Harlow, is holding its Facing Forward exhibition online. Curator Sally Anderson gives Indie readers the lowdown on the artists featured...

Facing Forward is the first exhibition to be presented in our online gallery. It was originally mounted in The Gallery at Parndon Mill last February, but after less than two very successful weeks, it had to close for lockdown.

It is now available again, presenting portraits by artists each having a very different approach. Paintings, drawings and prints include self-portraits, full-length depictions of more than one person and even nudes. These are complemented by sculptures of people in our history, touching on history in Harlow.

Michael Sheen by Martyn Burdon (44856970)
Michael Sheen by Martyn Burdon (44856970)

This is an interesting exhibition and a delight to view. All the portraits are for sale and most of the artists are willing to accept commissions.

Lorna Brown is best known for her landscapes which she exhibited in our first exhibition in The Gallery last year.

Her portraits are very personal. She is intrigued by the combined role of 'artist-as-reflection-as-model', and the principle that we don't see ourselves as others do.

Red Dress by Corinna Dunlea (44856981)
Red Dress by Corinna Dunlea (44856981)

More gentle, figurative and naturalistic works are by Martyn Burdon. At first glance they could almost be mistaken for photographs.

Corrina Dunlea's, by contrast, are colourful, capturing the energy and humanity of the sitter.

Jon Farningham's portraits were the original inspiration for this exhibition. They are unusual, some full length, capturing not only outward appearances but something that is suggestive of the character underneath.

Caroline Lumb enjoys a number of different mediums, drawing from a model, honing her observation skills and concentrating on detail. Some of her portraits, though, are fairly abstract!

Young Girl by Caroline Lumb (44856962)
Young Girl by Caroline Lumb (44856962)

It is a pleasure to see paintings by John Sellings here again. He had a studio in the mill for many years.

He is interested in people, clothed or not. Attempting to be as faithful as necessary to what he sees leads inevitably to a likeness or a portrait.

The paintings are complemented by sculptures by Christy Symington. Her work highlights historically significant legacies, making portraits of people hidden in our history.

Steve by Jon Farningham (44856966)
Steve by Jon Farningham (44856966)

Last January her sculpture of Equiano was a highlight at Parliament's event to celebrate a selection of recent acquisitions into the Parliamentary Art Collection. Christy is delighted to include this sculpture from the limited edition in Facing Forward.

To view the exhibition, visit www.parndonmill.co.uk and click 'Online Gallery' on the home page.

Olaudah Equiano by Christy Symington (44856976)
Olaudah Equiano by Christy Symington (44856976)


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