City Church Portraits


City Church Portaits
Leon Le Dune
City Church Portraits
Adrian Smith

Portrait painting from life is a demanding artistic challenge. I’ve recently undertaken a painting project which involves painting a number of portraits of members of City Church Newcastle.

These are to be hung in the new Atrium area of the CastleGate where the church meet. The building itself has an amazing story and is very much a part of the City. Adrian Smith, whose portrait is depicted above was instrumental in bringing the building to the attention of the church.

I’ve currently 4 different portraits currently in progress  and will be starting work on one of the younger members of the church very soon.

My journey into portraiture began in 2011 when I went to Florence to study Sight Size at the Charles Cecil Studio. On my return, I continued my studies by painting several oil portraits by John Singer Sargent. One of my favourites was Head of a Capri Girl which can be seen at my Gallery in Ponteland.

As valuable as it is copying other artists, real learning takes place when you are painting someone’s portrait. The City Church project provided me with the opportunity to paint over 20 portraits.  This was over a period of two years. The other benefit was getting to know the various folk who were patient enough to sit for me.

I’ve had top ament tis post recently. At the time of amending (2022) the project was completed in 2014. The paintings remained in the atrium for several years before being replaced. Sadly, Adrian Smith passed away in 2021 but the time we spent together in my studio was appreciated by both of us.


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