Line of Beauty – Winter Pride Arts Award 2016

So having been unable to attend the opening private view and awards ceremony (the cruel hand of fate intervened), it seems ironically fitting that when I eventually did arrive, it was half an hour before the exhibition was being taken down! Apologies as it’s now too late for you to go and see this great show ‘Line of Beauty’.

With a final selection ranging from installation art and performance, through stitched portraits and tintypes to traditional oil painting, this show highlighted the vibrant and challenging art being produced by the LGBT community today.

From a wonderful shortlist of artists, the winner of the £1000 prize was Rosso with her self portrait  ‘Madame Moustache’, inspired by Manet’s Olympia, which shocked and scandalised the Paris Salon in 1863. This homage questions sexuality and traditional images of beauty, and places them within the fluidity of transgender identity.

For me, some of the other stand-out pieces include a wonderfully lush portrait ‘Darren 1’, by the acclaimed artist Matthew Stradling; a pair of atmospheric portraits of Stav B and the late, much missed Jean Kemp, by BP Travel- Award winning artist Sadie Lee; and a pair of beautiful Wet Plate collodion Tintype images by Nicolas Laborie.

Have a look at some of my photos from the exhibition, then choice an artist and explore their work, you won’t be disappointed!

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