Portrait of an Artist

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portrait of a young girl with 1920s bob style haircut. She is dressed in an emerald green blouse with yellow flowers and painted against a dark brown background.


Until 26 February 2022


Opening hours

Monday - Saturday10am - 4.30pm
Bank holidays (including Mondays)Closed

Admission charges apply:

Donation ticket £9 
Standard ticket  £7
Concessions* £6
12 and under Free 
Family ticket** £14 
Multi-visit ticket £13 
Membership ticket*** £3.50 
Multi-visit ticket for members*** £9 

All funds raised from the sale of tickets for this exhibition go towards directly supporting the work of the Laing Art Gallery. 

 Max Card holders, members of NMDC and Museum Association and exhibition lenders: Free 

*Concessions include senior citizens, 12-18 year olds, students, registered unemployed, disabled people (plus free entry for one carer). 

**Two adults and two 12-18 year olds or one adult and three 12-18 year olds.

***Membership discount applies to Friends of the Laing, Art Fund members and Laing Exhibition Partners. To be eligible for discounts you must show proof of age/status/membership

Pre-book your tickets here or purchase on the day (walk-ins welcome.)


Portrait of an Artist is a new exhibition from renowned art dealers, Liss Llewellyn. Comprising over 85 oil paintings, drawings and prints, the exhibition offers audiences an opportunity to step into the inner world of the artist, shedding light on their personal lives and creative processes.  

The exhibition explores five themes: The Artist’s Studio, Self-Portraits, The Artist’s Entourage, Portraits of Artists by Artists, and Allegories of Creation.

Liss Llewellyn have spent over thirty years working directly with artists’ studios, gaining rare access to works that have hardly been seen since the day they were created. Those selected for Portrait of an Artist record the introspective self-gaze of the artist, and moments of intimacy that suggest the artist was in love with their subject- be it a future husband or wife, model or child. Though not always of obvious importance and sometimes modest in size, the works portray intensely emotional moments, transporting the viewer to where the artist’s personal and working environments overlap. 

Over 50 artists from the late 19th century to the 1940s are represented, including Evelyn Dunbar, Albert de Belleroche, Winifred Knights, Alan Sorrell and William Strang. They are complemented by popular works from the Laing’s collection, such as those by Sir William Orpen and Ralph Hedley.  

The exhibition is accompanied by a new Liss Llewellyn publication.

Watch a digital preview of the exhibition here:

Image: David Foggie (1878 - 1948), Portrait of the Artist's Future Wife, c. 1920 © Liss Llewellyn