In an age of social media and selfie sticks, the image we portray of ourselves can sometimes be a little superficial – more focused on what we do than who we are, what we think or how we feel.
As a portrait painter, Felicity Gill captures more than just moments. She searches for a likeness which ebbs and flows as the painting progresses – as if in a wonderful game of hide and seek. As a result, we get to see more facets and dimensions of the subject’s ‘being’ than you’d ever find on their Instagram.
Finding more freedom in her figurative paintings, Felicity explores painting flesh and movement, fleeting moments and emotion. Her intention is for the flow of the paint to lead the viewer’s eye around the painting until it settles on a feature which comes into focus, such as an eye or a hand, allowing them to fill in the fuller picture.
Felicity Gill is a figurative artist and portrait painter. Based in Kent, she has exhibited with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in London and the Medici Gallery, Cork Street, London. Felicity has appeared on BBC’s Star Portraits and has painted many prestigious portraits including Boris Johnson (during his time as Mayor of London), Sir Henry Cecil for The Jockey Club and Baroness Joan Bakewell DBE.