Lot 186 - Rebecca Fortnum - Prosopopoeia (Dalou, Fitzwilliam)
Lot 186 - Rebecca Fortnum - Prosopopoeia (Dalou, Fitzwilliam)

Lot 186 - Rebecca Fortnum - Prosopopoeia (Dalou, Fitzwilliam)

Watercolour on Paper
A6 (10x15cm) original artwork
Signed on verso

Rebecca Fortnum


Camberwell College of Art (Foundation), Corpus Christi College, Oxford (BA Hons English), University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (Master or Fine Art) Kingston University (PhD)Recent solo shows: Natalie Barney Gallery (2020), Semmer, Berlin (2015, two person), Freud Museum (2013) and the V&A’s Museum of Childhood (2012), Recent group shows: ‘Motherline’, Flowers East (London), ‘Sleepy Heads’, Blyth Gallery (London), ‘49.5’, 601 Art Space (New York), ‘Phantom Limn’, Dovecot Studios (Edinburgh) and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (London). A monograph, Self Contained, with essays by Maria Walsh, Graham Music and Louisa Minkin was published by RGAP in 2013. In 2019 she was elected Visiting Research Fellow in Creative Arts at Merton College, Oxford, where she developed her project, A Mind Weighted with Unpublished Matter, published by Slimvolume in 2020 with contributions from Professor Gemma Blackshaw and artist Melissa Gordon. Fortnum has held an Abbey Award at the British School in Rome, individual awards from the Arts Council of England, the British Council and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation amongst others, and has received research funding from the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council, KU Leuven the Association of Flemish Universities as well as a Space for 10 award for mid-career artists. Her book of interviews, Contemporary British Women Artists: In Their Own Words, was published by Bloomsbury in 2007 and On Not Knowing: How Artists Think, a book of essays that examines contemporary artists’ processes, which she co-edited with Lizzie Fisher, was published by Black Dog in 2013. She is the Founding Editor of the Journal of Contemporary Painting. Her most recent book, A Companion to Contemporary Drawing (2020), co-edited with Kelly Chorpening, includes her chapter, ‘A Dirty Double Mirror: Drawing, Autobiography and Feminism’, which explores the feminist potential of the ‘autographical’ in work. 


Fine Art at University of the Arts London, Professor of Fine Art at Middlesex University, where she led Masters programmes and is currently Professor of Fine Art at the Royal College of Art, where she is Research Lead for the School of Arts and Humanities. 

Gallery Representation

The Drawing Gallery

About the postcard artworks

Works from the series, A Mind Weighted with Unpublished Matter, emerges from Fortnum's ongoing drawing and painting practice which explore the politics of the gaze. In a series called Prosopopoeia–a rhetorical term describing a communication via another person or thing, sometimes seen as a way of animating the dead–Fortnum paints from historical sculptural portraiture, particularly of 19th Century France, drawing on notions of ‘absorption’ in the representation of women. "