The Art of Beauty - More Than Skin Deep
exciting show of the work of Rubertine Allen opens in the Gallery of the
University of Leicester Centre, Barrack Road, Northampton.
Allen is the artist exhibiting her paintings in the Gallery as part of the Adult
Learners Week show throughout the month of May at the University of Leicester's
is ideally placed to represent the Adult Learner since she received an Adult
Learners Award when she studied at Northampton College.
work is colourful and expresses the female form. She remarks “As a female
black Artist of African Caribbean descent I enjoy drawing and painting the human
form, in fact I am quite passionate about this kind of subject - no two persons
are the same skin tone and this is the challenging part of the artistic
am interested in the beauty of the black female and try to express this in my
work. As I cannot get away from the fact that I too am black and naturally this
is the focus of my work recently.
I paint someone I try to get under the feel of his or her skin and express
something of their personality. Using models either myself or other sitters
provides me with the stimulus and it results in different styles of painting.The
work currently on show are all paintings executed from life with a few taken
is a veritable tradition” remarked Gerald Porter, Director of Studies at the
University of Leicester' s Northampton Centre when he saw these canvasses
recently, “the work speaks volumes about the long tradition of the female
artist and the attempts they have made to show us what it is like from a female
exhibition is open to the public from May 2 until May 30 at the Centre in
Leicester Terrace, Barrack Road, Northampton, and telephone 01604 251801 for
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