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The Associate Artist

Working at the Gallery

The Exhibition

The Associate Artist is appointed by invitation for a period of two years. The artist is given a studio in which to make new work that somehow connects to the National Gallery Collection, thereby demonstrating the continuing potential of the Old Master tradition as an inspiration for today's artists.

At the end of the period of appointment, the new work is exhibited at the National Gallery, accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue and a video documenting the artist's time at the Gallery.

The Associate Artist also meets occasionally with the public and pre-booked groups of Fine Art students.


Why John Virtue? 
Open studio days 
John Virtue biography 

The artist in his own words:

'My day consists of getting up early, drawing from the South Bank of the Thames, drawing from the roof of Somerset House, and finally drawing from the roof of the National Gallery. Then I start the day and I work on the images here (in the studio) from drawings that I'm making every day.'

'I have no interest in recording a rhetorical history of London; really I'm interested in making exciting abstractions from what I perceive. So in a sense I'm not a Londoner painting London out of any roots or any kind of affection - I'm an accidental tourist here, but I intend to go on working particularly on sites around the river Thames.'

'Hero Paintings' 
Preparatory work 
In the studio 


John Virtue - London Paintings
9 March - 5 June 2005
Sunley Room, Admission Free
Sponsored by Hiscox

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