Barbara Hosking’s autobiography ‘Exceeding My Brief – Memoirs of a Disobedient Civil Servant’ was launched at the Reform Club last month.
The back cover features Hero Johnson’s portrait of Hosking.
The book is available through Bite Back publishing:
And is reviewed by the New Statesman here:
I recently gave a short interview to Cass Art to support the ‘Face to Face; works by BP Portrait Award artists’ exhibition at their flagship Islington store.
Please click on the link below to read it and for further details of the group show:
66-67 Colebrooke Row
London N1 8AB
23 AUGUST – 10 SEPTEMBER 2017
Q: Are there other contemporary painters you admire?
Daphne Todd: Most of my original living heroes, such as William Coldstream, Francis Bacon, Patrick George and Euan Uglow are now dead. Paula Rego is, of course, very good indeed. I cannot think of anyone to touch her. Saied Dai, Antony Williams, Hero Johnson and Ben Sullivan are younger artists who I think have exceptional talent.
Q: What’s the most important lesson you have learned?
Daphne Todd: To just keep on. There will be ups and downs, rejections and accolades. I have known artists invited to be judges because of their eminence fail to have work accepted when they later submit to the same competition. They keep on. Sadly I have also known good, even excellent, artists give up at the first setback, harbour a grudge and avoid risk of failure, denying themselves the opportunity of success. Luck plays a huge part. If you paint for your satisfaction, you have the joy of doing it and solving problems.
Excerpt from Artists & Illustrators magazine Summer 2017. Interview by Sally Hales.
In loving memory of Michael Bond.
January 1926 – June 2017.
I loved Michael’s books as a child and it was a privilege to know and paint this wonderful man as an adult.
16 June – 25 June
Showing a selection of drawings created during the NEAC Drawing Scholarship Year 2016-2017.
4th May – 19th May
Showing 2 recent paintings.