Nina Hamnett

19 May–30 August 2021

See the first retrospective of artist Nina Hamnett who was at the heart of the British-French exchange of art and ideas in the early 20th century.

Featuring works that span three decades, the exhibition explores key aspects of the Welsh artist’s practice from her painting to her technical drawing skills, which have, in recent times, remained little known and unseen. 

Hamnett’s frank and intimate portraits represent her greatest body of work, and illustrate her significant contribution to the modern art movement. Her own experience as an artist’s model undoubtedly enabled her to capture the character and personality of her sitters so well. The exhibition includes over 20 portraits of her friends and acquaintances who were also some of the best-known artists and writers of the time, including Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Ossip Zadkine and Horace Brodzky. 

Hamnett’s paintings give us a glimpse into her life in Paris and London’s avant-garde communities, and into the relationships she forged. Her compelling portraits and skilful compositions such as her Parisian café scenes, reveal Hamnett to be one of the most talented and exciting artists of her time.

Tickets available to book soon. Also includes entry to the Lisa Brice exhibition.

Exhibition curated in association with Alicia Foster. 

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About the artist

Born in Tenby, Wales, Nina Hamnett (1890–1956) was at the heart of the British-French exchange of art and ideas during the 1910s and 1920s and was a key point of connection between the Bloomsbury group, the Camden Town Group and the School of Paris. She became a celebrated artist in both London and Paris, exhibiting widely in solo and group shows, including those of The London Group and the New English Art Club throughout the 1910s to 1950s, and at both the Royal Academy and the Salon d’Automne in 1948.

Banner Image: The Landlady (detail), 1918 by Nina Hamnett (1890-1956); Private Collection; Photo: Bridgeman Images.

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