RNLI Penarth crew member Heather Rowan-Robinson saw her portrait in visual artist Harry Holland’s latest exhibition that celebrates “essential workers”.
Heather, who has been on the RNLI Penarth crew for 3 years, has been invited to pose for the painting in her RNLI kit. She attended the opening of the exhibition to stand next to her four-foot portrait with other people portrayed posing in their professional uniforms – including a firefighter, a cook, a cleaner and a policeman.
The exhibition at the Martin Tinney Gallery in Cardiff marked the 80s of the artist Harry HollandNS Date of birth. Harry Holland is widely regarded as one of Britain’s leading figurative painters, and his work has been exhibited worldwide, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Belgian National Collection and the Collection of the European Parliament.
About the experience, Heather Rowan-Robinson, RNLI Penarth volunteer crew member, said:
“It was great to have been asked to take part in the exhibition and to represent the RNLI among the many other professions of the artist. It’s not often that you stand next to a huge painting by a well-known artist of yourself – so it was a bit strange, but also a great experience! “
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