D-DAY 75th Anniversary
June 2019 - I travelled to Normandy to witness and commemorate this years 75th anniversary since D-Day. It was certainly a memorable experience and emotionally moving.
I am so pleased I made the trip and it was particularly special attending the remembrance ceremony at Bayeux Cemetery.
My portraits of the D-Day veterans were exhibited in the The Royal British Legion marquee in Bayeux and I was also thrilled to have a brief opportunity to meet HRH Prince of Wales and also The Duchess of Cornwall who came to look at my art.
Joyful George Skipper (96) standing next to his portrait.
Lance Bombardier Arthur Jones next to his portrait in The Royal British Legion marquee, Bayeux.
January 2019 - Huge thrill to have been commissioned by Alexander Faber, whose work at Sotheby’s is as an Old Master Drawings specialist. Over a few sittings in both New York (where he is currently based) and in London, I created this portrait of him. Alexander has since posted my drawing on his personal instagram and even compared me to Lucian Freud. He wrote “I’ve never been one for overt flattery in portraiture so was thrilled to have @gideonsummerfield ‘s work, with its Freudian levels of scrutiny, introduced to me last summer. Gideon was, at the time, in the midst of his largest commission to date - “Characters of Braemar” - a substantial series of portrait drawings for @hauserwirth ‘s new Scottish outpost, @thefifearms I was fortunate enough to meet Gideon in New York and then again in London, sitting for him in both cities. The result is this portrait drawing, which I can see is full of the artist’s idiosyncrasies as a draughtsman. There is a rawness and honesty to the way Gideon portrays people, that some may find a little overwhelming, but that I believe reveals a maturity and artistic self-confidence far beyond his years (23). Thank you Gideon, I wouldn’t change a mark!”
Burns Night auction at Francis Holland School.
Very honoured to participate in Francis Holland School’s live auction to help raise funds to support the work of The Katherine Low Settlement. This is a project in Battersea that runs an after school programme helping refugee children to integrate into British society. My offer to create a portrait for the winning bidder reached and sold for £1000.
May 2018 - I was invited to be part of a group exhibition at The Alde Valley Spring Festival in Suffolk. My work was exhibited alongside 13 other artists including Maggi Hambling. I am delighted that some of my drawings were sold. I am now organising that the proceeds will be donated to Help Refugees, Refugee Community Kitchen and Doctors Without Borders.
In May 2018 I had the honour of meeting Baroness Ilora Finlay at the House of Lords. I was there to present to her a portrait she kindly commissioned. Baroness Finlay of Llandaff is a Professor of Palliative Care and a past president of The Royal Society of Medicine. She is a remarkable woman and I will always be grateful to her, for her kind interest in my studies at Cardiff School of Art and Design (2013-2016).
March 2018 - Commissioned by The Royal Academy of Arts to draw 10 minute portraits of their VIP guests at a RA Lates monthly event. ‘Night at the Palace’ was inspired by their upcoming Charles 1st exhibition. The 17th century themed evening included opera performances, feasting, ballet, painting, life drawing with creative activities and artist installations.
What a fantastic experience it was to meet such interesting people and to take part of a very memorable evening!
November 2017 - This month marked a special gathering of all the postgrad students who are completing the Drawing Year at The Royal Drawing School. We came together for this lovely photo at an exhibition of the year group's art at Christie's Gallery in Mayfair, London.
On November 14th the exhibition was visited by HRH the Prince of Wales. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to explain to Prince Charles how the drawing school had had such an impact on my life.
I joined the Young Artists programme at the school at the age of 13 and attended the most amazing Saturday classes till the age of 18. These classes introduced me to tone, composition, depth of scale, different media. I learnt alongside amazingly talented young artists from all kinds of backgrounds. The classes inspired me to do 'A' levels in Fine Art and Graphic Design, which in turn gave me the confidence to take on a degree in Illustration.
It was a thrill to explain to Prince Charles that the two portraits I exhibited were of 105 year old Dr William Frankland and my grandmother, Ruth Summerfield.
September 2017 - I was invited by the owners of Hauser & Wirth out to Braemar, Scotland where I did a series of drawings of this years Highland Games. What a fantastic experience to record such a historical event.
May 2017 - Thrilled, humbled and honoured to receive 1st Prize for the Hermione Hammond Drawing Award 2017 by Mall Galleries and The Federation of British Artists for my portrait of Dr William Frankland MBE. Meeting Dr Frankland was a privilege. Incredibly he is 105 years "young!" and in fine fettle. He is an immunologist, a former Japanese prisoner of war and has led an extraordinary life. He gave a compelling interview on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs programme in 2015.
February 2017 - I was thrilled to have been chosen as 1 of 35 'graduate illustrators to watch' by one of Britains top illustration agencies, Dutch Uncle. The agency selected some of my refugee artwork as part of a new exhibition called BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS. The exhibition spans 5 floors in the Pan Macmillan building in Kings Cross, London.