Love and Legacy: Reasons for Commissioning in a Digital Age
May 17, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
In the age of Facebook, Instagram and the selfie, how can the painted portrait retain its traditional, stately significance? Art historian Sara Ayres considers the robust persistence of the painted portrait in the light of outcomes from her research residency at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, undertaken in 2013. What is the nature of the challenge presented to portraiture by digital image-space and how does the painted portrait resist and co-opt the opportunities made available by the Internet age?
Dr Sara Ayres
Dr Sara Ayres was awarded her doctorate for her thesis on Gustav Klimt from Birkbeck College in 2011. During 2012-13 she acted as a postdoctoral research assistant on a project at Kingston University examining the work of prolific portrait sculptor Ivor Roberts-Jones, which led to the publication of her chapter, ‘Ivor Roberts-Jones’ Standing Bronze Portraits of Winston Churchill in Oslo, New Orleans and Prague’ in Jonathan Black’s, Abstraction and Reality: the Sculpture of Ivor Roberts-Jones (2013). In 2013 Sara was Researcher in Residence at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, funded by Creativeworks London, where she developed a project to scope future markets for commissioned, painted portraits. Her article ‘Staging the Female ‘Look’: A Viennese Context of Display for Klimt’sDanaë‘ will be published in the Oxford Art Journal later this year.