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The Very Reverend Victor Stock

The Very Reverend Victor Stock
The Straw Hat

The Straw Hat
Self Portrait in Florence

Self Portrait in Florence


Wendy and Stephen

Wendy and Stephen
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Portfolio for Marilyn Bailey - Commissionaportrait

Marilyn studied at St Martin’s School of Art in the early 70’s then travelled as an experiential film-maker. As she journeyed through Europe and the USA she sketched the people she encountered and created an extensive portfolio of portraits. Capturing portraits of people on film and in her sketchbooks, she recognised her fascination with people and began to transfer her work on to canvas. “If I try to plot the steps marking my progress to painter of people I see them clearly among the eclectic mix of film-making, dance, performance, photography, drawing and painting that has enriched my career.” Now Marilyn uses classical oil painting techniques which she learnt in Florence and which enable her to make portrait paintings that have a marvellous clarity although it not just how people look but the character of her subjects that she strives to capture in painting, some of which are full figures on canvases six feet high. The portraits are complimented by a lovely series of portrait nudes which show an unaffected delight of the female form and a simplicity that belies a sophisticated way with composition and subtle rendering of skin.
Education   1967 – 69 Epsom School of Art  
1969 – 71 St Martins School of Art, London  
1972 – 73 St Martins School of Art, London  
2001 – 2004 Prince’s Drawing Studio, Hoxton, London  
2004 & 05 & 06 Angel Academy, Florence, Italy
Awards   Painting  
2000 South East Arts “Year of the Artist” residency  
2002 South East Arts Professional Development Award  
2004 Waverley Award for Paintings and Story Telling performance  
1975 Arts Council  
1977 Arts Council  
1979 British Council Travel Award  
1980 British Film Institute
Selected Commissions   2003 Rene Gimpel  
2004 David Airey, Pro Vice Chancellor University of Surrey  
2004 Camilla Halford  
2005 The Very Reverend Victor Stock, Dean of Guildford Cathedral  
2006 The Gimpel Family
Group Exhibitions   Painting  
1975 Whitechapel Gallery, London  
1982 Gimpel Fils, London  
1986 Jonleigh Gallery, Wonersh  
1988 Century Gallery, Datchett  
1975 Arnolfini, Bristol  
1977 ICA, London  
1978 National Film Theatre, London  
1979 Hayward Gallery, London  
Plus extensive touring and film presentation in England, Europe, USA and Canada  
1979 One of the initial Filmmakers on Tour Arts Council scheme  
2000 Whitechapel Gallery, London  
2001 Portugal  
2002 Shoot Shoot Shoot a film show travelling USA, Australia & Europe as well as Tate Modern, London  
2002 St Martins Film Resource Centre, London
Solo Exhibitions   Painting  
1975 National Theatre, London  
1979 South Hill Park, Bracknell  
1984 Guildford House, London  
1988 Century Gallery, Henley-on-Thames  
1990 Open Studio, Guildford  
1999 Petworth House Gallery, West Sussex  
2000 Bank Gallery, Chobham  
2000 Open Studio, Surrey  
2001 Cranleigh Arts Centre, Surrey  
2001 The Burys, Godalming  
2005 Lewis Elton Gallery, University of Surrey  
2005 & 2006 & 2007 Open Studio, Surrey
Artist's Statement   “To create the sense of a live, vibrant person.” If asked what my first aim is when I make a portrait this would be my answer. But to explain how this comes about is close to impossible! I know when it is happening, when the sitter looks a their portrait and there is a certain rapt recognition as though they are looking at part of themselves – then I know we have succeeded.

Statement      Once the scale of the painting and pose have been chosen I can prepare the canvas for the first sitting. This is when we decide on clothes, the lighting and the pose, trying different ideas while I take photographs and the composition evolves. I will work a little on one or two photographs and send them to the sitter with my ideas and views. Once we are in agreement I square up the general pose onto the canvas ready for the second sitting which is spent clarifying the drawing and major shadows that give the painting its compositional dynamic.  
There are approximately 4 more sittings (sometimes fewer), about a month apart as this seems to fit in with people’s timetables. In between I work from my photographs and in this way we get the feel and verve of the sittings. These are enjoyable and relaxed sessions for the sitters, while they give me the opportunity to understand the expressions and movements that enrich the painting. Photographs help me with specific details. I use the final sitting to scrutinise details the near-completed work.  
A painting takes anything from 3 to 6 months, a drawing, 1 month. I have a beautiful custom-designed studio in rural Surrey where I usually work, but am happy to travel to the sitter’s home should this be preferred.


Travel nationally    Yes
Travel internationally    Yes
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Portrait Format:
  Drawings   From £ 350    $690
  Head and Shoulders   From £ 2100    $4200
Half LengthFrom £ 2800 $5500
3/4 LengthFrom £ 3500 $7000
Full LengthFrom £ 4200 $8300
Double PortraitFrom £ 7000 $14000
Group PortraitFrom £ 11200 $22300
The Prices quoted are for the standard mediums of oil on canvas and bronze
(in the case of sculpture).
For other media, prices may vary, please enquire directly with us for more specific quotes.
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