Bedford artist, Martyn Burdon unveils new work at London portrait exhibition

Miles Jupp by Martyn Burdon
Miles Jupp by Martyn Burdon

Bedford-based artist, Martyn Burdon, is exhibiting his latest work at the Contemporary British Portrait Painters Group show in London this March.

The painting of Miles Jupp will be on show at the Perceptions exhibition in Islington and entry is free.

“Miles sat for this painting last summer,” Martyn told the Bedford Independent.

“At the time he was appearing in the play ‘The Life I Lead’ by James Kettle, about the life of the popular actor David Tomlinson, at the Cambridge Arts theatre.

“Miles sat for me, in costume and in character, between his matinee and evening performances.”

The Contemporary British Portrait Painters group (CBPP) was founded in 2018 and is the first new British portrait society in over an hundred years.

Founder and artist, Ian Goldsmith, said, “We now have some of the foremost portrait artists in Britain amongst our members, alongside many others who are doing exciting things, but are yet to be widely exhibited.”

These participants range from former BP Portrait Award first prizewinners to recently graduated emerging talents.

Matt Berry by Martyn Burdon
Martyn’s portrait of Matt Berry was shortlisted for the 2017 BP Portrait Award and was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery

The exhibition takes place at Cass Art’s flagship store in Islington and all profits from artwork sales will go straight back to the artists.

All exhibitors have created work on a panel of fixed size – giving all members, regardless of age or experience, the same space on the wall.

‘Perceptions’ and will run from March 3- 22 at The Space at Cass Art, 66-67 Colebrooke Row, London. Admission is free and a private view is set to be held on March 5 from 5-8pm.

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