Ribble Valley’s long serving Member of Parliament Nigel Evans is to be painted in pastel by local portrait artist John Rotherham.
He will complete the work as part of a new exhibition and it will be unveiled to Nigel Evans and the public on Sunday May 10th – just three days after the General Election in which Mr Evans hopes to retain the seat he has held since 1992.
The unveiling will take place at 1 pm at S@BB (Studio at Bashall Barn) Art Gallery, Bashall Eaves. Discussions are currently taking place between Nigel and John to determine what will happen to the painting once the exhibition has finished.
Work on the painting started at the end of January with an initial consultation and photoshoot. John will determine the final source image to use and create preliminary sketches for working up into the finished portrait over the coming weeks.
The artist explained that choosing Nigel as a subject for the portrait was a deliberate decision: “I felt it was important to choose a subject who is known locally and in the public eye, to give visitors to the exhibition the opportunity to compare and contrast the face they know to the character I will paint. I want to capture Nigel the man, away from his role as local MP and backbencher.”
Nigel has expressed his excitement at being immortalised in pastel and has given John complete creative freedom on the finished portrait. He will see the painting for the first time at the unveiling.
I want to capture Nigel the man, away from his role as local MP and backbencherArtist John Rotherham
The full exhibition, “Pportraits by John Rotherham”, is currently showing at S@BB Art Gallery, Bashall Barn, Bashall Eaves (BB7 3LQ) and will run until May 31st.