The Studies for a Portrait exhibit is now closed, however for the first time I am putting up some works from the show for sale here on my website. I am hoping to raise money to fund the development of the Drawing Women’s Cancer project which is ongoing and will generate a major exhibition in November at the Hearth Gallery at Llandough hospital here in Cardiff. I am working at present on three large scale oil portraits for this project and accompanying drawings. You can find more details on the project website.

All the pieces below are from the Studies for a Portrait show. All are executed with graphite, they are signed and beautifully framed in black wood. Average size for the pieces is A3 (210 x 420mm). The price for each piece is £200 (excluding delivery)

If you are interested in purchasing any of these works please contact me: jacsaorsa@hotmail.com

Thanks!

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Just got the news yesterday that I have a small amount of funding to carry out a project that is close to my heart and I have been thinking about for ages! I am of course delighted that I’ll finally be able to realise Cancer Ward 12 working at Singleton Hospital in Swansea. Work is now set to begin in November this year with an exhibition scheduled for June 2017. More details later but for now here is a brief summary of the idea.

Cancer Ward 12 draws on literature (The Cancer Ward, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, pub. 1967) and on life. It is a project that, as a discrete piece of research in its own right, carried out at Singleton hospital in Swansea, has enormous potential to further develop into a comparative study. There are two parts:

The first part involves my ‘immersion’ into the day-to-day life on the Oncology Ward of Singleton Hospital, which is a thirty bed, general oncology/haematology ward where patients with a variety of cancers and disease related symptoms are treated and cared for.  Working directly with consenting patients and their family members/carers, and with health professionals and hospital staff I will document what I see and experience through drawing and written narrative. I will use a ‘narrative medicine’ approach to gather individual experiences of illness, and of different forms of giving and receiving treatment.

The second part of the project will involve developing all the notes and sketches made on site as a basis for creating a substantial a body of work  for public exhibition.

Here is an early invitation to another show that I will be putting up at the Waterloo Gallery in September. This time the exhibition will be at their Wyndham Arcade venue in the centre of Cardiff, and I am excited to be working in Collaboration with Luis Fernando Noriega. Luis is a gifted fine art photographer based in Antigua Guatemala, and since my visit to the city last year we have been working together to produce something which I hope will present a rather special collaborative insight into life and culture in the city.

The good writer possesses not only his spirit but also the spirit of his friends, much like the photographer has an undeniable connection to his surroundings. For me, that perception-altering connection was made with Antigua Guatemala. A city filled with history and unique colonial architecture, Antigua offers a perfect setting to capture a compelling frame on every single one of its cobblestone streets and avenues. The contrast of the mundane wonders of everyday-life against such a unique dreamscape of a city creates the necessity to frame every shot in a way in which the foreground and the background become a single story to be told. For this exhibit I want to present Antigua in a way that no one else has seen it before. The angles and the light are crucial because Antigua has been photographed so many times and I want to take a fresh look at what my city means to me. Luis Fernando Noriega, 2016

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Having spent time in Antigua, Guatemala, I was struck by its cultural richness and by my own responses to the emotional ‘nearness’ of the suffering endured by the Mayan people throughout half a millennium. Peace Accords that finally ended the conflicts of recent history were signed in 1996 but contemporary Guatemala bears the scars of war and the wounds are deep. In my practice I often use portraiture as a conceptual framework for exploring the relationship between culture and contemporary society and this collaboration with Luis Fernando Noriega is a great opportunity to bring together our two different approaches to a subject matter that is deeply meaningful. This exhibition will fully realise the affinity between art and photography, where both are conceived as discrete art forms in themselves, yet at the same time they are interrelated processes of visual exploration. Jac Saorsa, 2016

My new show is opening June 6th at Waterloo Teahouse, Penylan in Cardiff. This is a great little venue, one of three run by the Waterloo Teahouse in Cardiff. Find it here:
http://waterlootea.com/pages/pen-y-lan
I will be exhibiting some new works relating to portraiture so if you are anywhere near Cardiff go enjoy a cup of something special and see the show!

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My drawing Out Obstetric Fistula exhibition at the Kimmel Galleries in New York city is now officially open! I have just returned from NY after a hectic week with  a sense of having been a part of something special, something that hopefully will move people and help raise funds for the crucial work that is being done at the CCBRT hospital and the Mabinti Centre in Tanzania towards the improvement of women’s lives.

My profound thanks to the Kupona Foundation , to Johnson and Johnson to The Fistula Foundation and to the Kimmel Galleries for all their generosity and support relating to the Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula project.

For those of you would like to see the images but can’t be in NY, you can find all the information at the project wordpress site (see blogroll) and a dedicated page for the exhibition here: Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula 2016

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Its the final few hours for donating to my Just Giving page for the Drawing Women’s Cancer project. I want to express my heartfelt appreciation for all those who have been so generous and made it possible for me to continue the project and take it to different parts of the country. Watch this space for more news as the preparations for the exhibition continue.

There are just 8 days left to donate on my  Just Giving page and to push forward the Drawing Women’s Cancer project. Thanks to your support to date I am traveling to Coventry, Kettering, Durham and Liverpool to work with women who have responded to my call for those who have experienced or are experiencing breast cancer.

The majority of my work on this project is done on a self-funding basis so your generosity and goodwill is of enormous help to me with my travel costs to visit more women, and to develop artwork based on their experiences for the show in the Hearth Gallery in Cardiff in November 2016.

Thank you!

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Its been an inspiring day! I have been drawing in the operating theatre at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire, working alongside leading cardiothoracic surgeon Mr Francis (Frank) Wells. Here are some of the drawings I made during the two hour long open heart surgery procedure on a middle age woman.

I was fascinated, as always, to watch a surgeon at work, and to experience what I can only describe as the ‘undulating’ dynamics of the operating theatre as everybody present played their individual part in making sure the whole thing went as planned. The intensity of the procedure rose and fell – but gently, without obvious drama – from the initial ‘opening of the chest’ to the final closure.  The ‘craftsmanship’ involved, and the dedication to the task at hand was orchestrated throughout – or perhaps choreographed might be a better description – by the needs of the patient who lay, oblivious to the fact that her heart was for a time no longer beating naturally.

Each time I attend a surgical procedure I  deepen my understanding of why I do what I do and how much I enjoy doing it! The artist and the surgeon have much in common perhaps.

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Here is a just finished portrait. This much colour is unusual for me and I am now working on a more sombre anatomical dissection piece! More of that later.

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Thanks to your donations on my  Just Giving page I am now traveling to Three different cities to work with women who have responded to my call for those who have experienced or are experiencing breast cancer to talk with me. The project is part of the development of the Drawing Women’s Cancer project

There are 23 days left to donate. Your generosity enables me to push Drawing Women’s cancer forward. Thank you!

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