Cynthia Barlow Marrs SGFA

Portfolio: • 'Time Was Away and She Was Here'

'Time Was Away and She Was Here'

I am pleased to announce this sketch portrait will be on show in the 101st annual open exhibition of the Society of Graphic Fine Art - The Drawing Society at the Mall Galleries London SW1Y 5AS from 17 to 21 May 2022.

My title is the last line of the poem Meeting Point by Louis MacNeice, written on the eve of World War II. It was Carol Rumens's Poem of the Week in The Guardian in November 2016.

My model is Judith, who sat for us one afternoon in The Drawn Portrait, a short course at the Royal Drawing School. The original version of this portrait sketch was taller and paler, almost ghostly. Now the drawing is cropped and darkened, layered with gestural marks.

Original
Charcoal on Paper
42cm x 55cm