Women in Sport: An exhibition by Teresa Witz

Women in Focus, Poplar Union, art & community venue, events, east London , Teresa With, exhibition
Women in Focus, Poplar Union, art & community venue, events, east London , Teresa With, exhibition

As part of our Women in Focus Festival, Poplar Union is proud to exhibit a selection of Teresa Witz’s portraits of female competitors in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Witz was commissioned to produce highly detailed, life-sized paintings of the Team GB athletes and para-athletes. The oil paintings, completed over three years, were created after spending long periods of time with the athletes; Teresa travelled around the country to observe and sketch them in training, capturing their personalities, physical presence and approaches to competing before they then sat for her in her studio in East London.
The portraits have been praised for capturing the spirit of the 2012 Games, creating a legacy for future generations.

The exhibition runs from Thursday 8 March – Sunday 27 May, 2018

Teresa Witz Olympic Artist interviewed on BBC News

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About Teresa Witz

Teresa Witz is an internationally renowned portrait painter of modern icons – celebrity, athlete, and sporting figures – as well as accepting individual commissions for portraits. A year after achieving her Doctorate in Fine Art, she was appointed one of the official Olympic artists for the London 2012 Games.

My earlier work was primarily concerned with style and the vanitas (memento mori) theme, both of which have recurred throughout my paintings. This developed into an interest in creating contemporary iconic images of celebrity personalities (style leaders). I selected certain ubiquitous celebrity icons, such as footballer David Beckham, and his wife Victoria Beckham and pop star Kylie Minogue and Cher. I was fascinated by how they continually re-invented themselves for mass consumption.

I also started to explore ways of portraying ‘iconic unknowns’, which involved transforming ordinary, working women into modern icons. I started to explore different ways of presenting women by focusing in particular on the direction of their gaze, the extent of their absorption, the object of their gaze, the type of pose, the style of dress and the role of the observer.

Find out more about Teresa’s work here.

 

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