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Rebecca Westcott
Portraiture Now: Communities
November 6, 2009 - July 5, 2010
National Portrait Gallery
Washington, DC
Jim
Mixed media on board
36" x 24"

edition print

In October of 2004, Rebecca Westcott was a 28 year old artist just hitting her stride. She had recently been awarded the prestigious Pew Fellowship in the Arts for her honest and pared down portraits of twenty something peers and friends. She was one of its youngest recipients to date. The exhibition, “Portraiture Now: Communities” at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, is the first exhibition of her work since her untimely death that year.

Westcott worked from photographs of her subject, combining elements from many different shots. She also painted her other homey interests -- plants, recipes, old lettering and vintage labels. Her preliminary drawings remain visible as she sketched them directly on the work’s surface with red under paint. It wasn’t her inclination to pretty things up; as a result her paintings are admired for their blunt beauty.

Her work has been in solo exhibitions at SPECTOR, 1Pixel and Space 1026 in Philadelphia; and in group exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, New Image Art in Los Angeles, 111 Minna in San Francisco, White Columns and Diesel Gallery in New York, and the Virginia Beach Contemporary Art Center. Westcott received her bachelor's degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. She also attended the Pont-Aven School of Art, in France.

Chi
Mixed media on board
40" x 26"

edition print
Melissa
Mixed media on board
45" x 27 1/2"

edition print
Tanya
Mixed media on board
48" x 32 1/2"

edition print
Kathryn
Mixed media on board
53" x 48"
Andrew
Mixed media on board
48" x 36 1/2"
Chi
Mixed media on board
56" x 30"
Royal
Mixed media on board
42" x 29"
Jo and Chris
Mixed media on board
38" x 24"
Girl with a Yellow Chair
Mixed media on board
39" x 23 1/2"
Isaac
Mixed media on board
40" x 24"
Chris
Mixed media on board
42" x 27"
Maggie
Mixed media on board
48" x 32"
Boy with Ram Skull
Mixed media on board
46" x 24"
Jo
Mixed media on board
51" x 26"
Rose
Mixed media on board
45" x 27 1/2"