Seeing Double ...Ken Loach visits his Portrait by Richard Twose | The Victoria Art Gallery

Seeing Double ...Ken Loach visits his Portrait by Richard Twose

We were delighted to welcome Ken Loach to the Gallery on Friday to view the portrait of himself painted by Richard Twose which is currently on display in the First Floor Gallery.

24 December 2018

On loan from the artist, the large (200 x 150 cm) picture was a follow-up to a portrait commissioned by Oxford University. During the sittings, the men shared many conversations about politics and football, Loach being a very keen supporter of Bath City FC. In the picture, the bird is a reference to Loach’s film Kes and the three-legged dog is a motif that Twose spotted in several of Loach’s films.

After studying 3D Design at the University of Creative Arts in Farnham, Twose became a jewellery designer in London, selling his collections worldwide to stores such as Barneys in New York, Harrods and Harvey Nichols.

He also designed bespoke collections for Ally Capellino, Margaret Howell and Paul Smith as well as one-off pieces for clients including Sting, Joan Collins, Theo Fennell and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones.

In 2000, he decided to close his jewellery business and moved to a village south of Bath. Whilst teaching art and history of art at a sixth form college in Bristol he began to paint portraits.

From 2009 his work was exhibited at galleries in Bristol and Bath. In 2011 he won the Bath Society of Artists’ Victoria Prize at the Victoria Art Gallery and was invited to become a member of the Society. In 2014 he was awarded second prize in the BP Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery. He has twice been commissioned to paint portraits for Oxford University.

The work was featured in the 2017 BP Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
The work will remain on display in the First Floor Gallery until 9 January.