Twose is primarily a portrait painter, however his paintings hold more significance than just the physicality of the subject. He labels himself a ‘magpie,’ stealing from and referencing various sources such as ancient Greek myths, British folklore, the circus, as well as his own history and even quantum physics. His paintings can also be inspired by conversations with his sitters, capturing both a brief moment in time, and themes which will remain eternally relevant.
After winning second prize in the BP Portrait award 2014, Richard Twose was again shortlisted this year for his portrait of film director Ken Loach. The three-legged dog running at the foreground of the painting is a motif taken from Loach’s films, whilst the bird is a direct reference to his film Kes. Whilst this painting was recently displayed at London’s National Portrait Gallery, and is now on tour in Exeter, Edinburgh, and Sunderland, you can see more of his work at the fair in November with Gala Fine art on stand B1.