Pregnant 2 2004
Flowers Gallery (Cork St.)
All photos © Flowers Gallery
There are something so simple and stunningly beautiful about Ishbel Myerschough´s painting series "Life". Yes, because it is portraying honestly and truthfully the way we are living. She is showing how we are growing through life by bearing us naked and by that touching the basic instincts in us all.
Two Pregnant Women 2004
Pregnant pair 2004
These petite pregnancy paintings hang behind the counter, don't be shy, ask if you can see them, they are the strongest of them all. They show quite intimate portraits of herself and her close friend the painter Chantal Joffe who exhibited at the Victoria Miro earlier this year.
Ishbel Myerschough has been a three time minor prize winner for the National Portrait Gallery's annual BP portrait Award commission. As a result she painted Dame Helen Mirren's portrait for their collection.
6 year old 2010
16 year old 2011
9 year old 2010
41 year old 2011
To be a painter, a figurative painter and a portraitist to boot, might be considered as anachronistic as writing on vellum rather than on a laptop. Yet however often painting is pronounced dead, supposedly killed off by the ubiquity of photography, Ishbel Myerscough mines a fertile seam, embraced by other contemporaries such as Chantal Joffe and Jenny Saville, of intimate, truthful and, at times, uncomfortable paintings that reveal something of the inner world of her subjects. It was Oscar Wilde who perceptively observed that: ‘Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter’, and this must surely be considered the case with all successful modern figure painters from John Minton and Lucien Freud to Alice Neel. It is this disclosure, this frank dialogue of emotional exchange between artist and subject that colours Ishbel Myerscough’s work.
Little girls 2010
Little girls 2010
Big Girls 2010
Should my portrait be painted again, I wish Ishbel Myerschough would do it, wouldn't you?
I did my first Q&A for a Norwegian Magazine, RocknRolla here, where I will also write a monthly Art Column.