Crufts Dog Show, by Michelle Roberts, brush pen on canvas, 2015, will be part of Outside In: Journeys which brings together the diverse work and stories of a number of artists involved in Outside In. From James Lake’s life-size figure of a runner about to take off, made entirely of cardboard, commissioned for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, to Rakibul Chowdhury’s energetic paintings that incorporate popular culture into depictions of modern life.
The exhibition epitomises the charity’s objective to create a fairer art world – challenging traditional values and institutional judgements about whose artworks can and should be displayed.
Outside In: Journeys is on display at Sotheby’s, Bond St, London from the 11th – 19th January 2018, open 9am – 4.30pm Monday-Friday. For more information, see outsidein.org.uk.
Michelle Roberts has drawn and painted throughout her life. As a young girl, she accompanied her grandfather, a landscape painter, creating artworks outdoors. Carrying around a sketchbook at all times, Michelle has refined a dense and highly personalized approach to image making. Working methodically across each canvas, section by section, she creates colourful and complex worlds – each with a distinct logic and meaning. Highly focussed attention has enabled her to communicate detailed narratives about these worlds and how they connect to her own life. Volunteering in a charity shop and assisting in a nursery, Michelle directly translates many of the people and experiences around her into her work.
Michelle attends Project Art Works’ Supported Studios which enables adults with complex needs to develop their creative practice alongside an Artist Mentor and explore their potential as artists. The studio promotes a group ethos, with participants’ developing their personal practice and adaptive skills whilst supporting and encouraging their peers.
See more of Michelle’s work on her Makers page.