Kings Place Gallery once again hosts an exhibition of this superb collection of artists self-portraits. During the Autumn of 2010 Kings Place Gallery first showed a selection of works from the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait collection in the exhibition Face to Face: British Self-Portraits in the Twentieth Century. This was an inspiring exhibition showing early self-portraits of painters well-known while some are now sadly unfamiliar.
I was pleased to see the small 1964 self-portrait by Euan Uglow, below. Although Uglow painted many portraits throughout his career, his self-portraits are few. In fact this is the only one I am aware of and great to see it in this collection.
Ruth Borchard started to collect the self-portraits of British painters in the late 1950’s, paying not more than 21 guineas for any one picture, however well-known the painter. As this tremendous collection shows she usually succeeded with the artist selling the painting to her. Her particular interest in artists self-portraits was inspired by viewing art school shows and her collection which spans fifty years, 1921 – 1971 totals 100 works. Ruth Borchard died in Jerusalem in 2000, and the Borchard family have kept the collection of paintings intact and 100 years after her birth the inaugural self-portrait prize was announced. The collection of self-portraits will now be shown annually at Kings Place Gallery and with each bi-annual self-portrait competition the collection will continue to grow with the work of contemporary artists.
The exhibition Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Collection: The Next Generation is showing until Saturday 15 December 2012.
90 York Way, London, N1 9AG.
Kings Place is a short walk from Kings Cross/ St Pancras International.