Portrait of Curtly Thomas

National Portrait Gallery BP Award 2020 and Aberdeen Art Gallery exhibition.

January 2021Portrait of Curtly Thomas in the National Portrait Gallery’s BP Award 2020 and Aberdeen Art Gallery exhibition

 https://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/bp-portrait-award-2020/exhibition/exhibitor-pages/curtly-thomas

A portrait of the maverick stylist and South London personality Curtly Thomas. (b.1993- graduated from London College of Fashion 2014). Mary was introduced to Curtly by their mutual friends, performance artists Robyn & Margaret. She had recently seen their performance of ‘Death & Dressing Up’ at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. 

 Both artist and sitter are from South London and share an interest in Dressing Up and Costume. The background with a historically warped view of Vauxhall Bridge refers to Vauxhall and the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Curtly wears a Velvet Frock Coat from the National Theatre.

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