NHS PORTRAIT SERIES

I am currently looking for a sixth nominee to add to the series. For more details, please visit my Call for NHS post.

I am currently working on a free NHS Portrait Series, highlighting the diligent and attentive work from NHS staff during the pandemic. Each portrait in the series takes anywhere from 50 to over 200 hours to complete, and consists of thousands of dots in a pointillism style. 

To find the nominees, I post on social media and send emails off to some contacts that I have that work in the NHS. The only requirement needed for the portraits is that they work for the NHS in any capacity, as I feel that it’s the least I can do to show my appreciation for their hard work during the pandemic. The nominee receives a free portrait, a high quality art print and the chance to be featured in future exhibitions and competitions.

This is an ongoing project with no set amount of portraits or end date, however my aim is to fit as many portraits as I can before June 2021.

 

Consisting of thousands of dots, this A3 portrait took over 200 hours to complete in a pointillism style with no outlines. The portrait is of Charlotte, who was nominated by Laura as part of my NHS Portrait Series. Charlotte is a critical care ODP working at Northampton General Hospital.

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NHS Portrait Charlotte by AJ Illustratio
Charlotte Details
NHS Portrait Charlotte by AJ Illustratio
Charlotte Details
 

This is the second portrait in my NHS Portrait series and is slightly smaller than the previous portrait. This A4 portrait was drawn using a 0.05 fineliner in a pointillism style, taking over 50 hours to complete.

 

The portrait is of David, who was nominated by a friend and colleague for being one of the most hardworking registrars. David is a Respiratory and Intensive Care registrar in London.

David
 

This A3 portrait took over 100 hours to complete in a pointillism style with no outlines.  The portrait is of Lettisha Howells, a nursery nurse in Singleton Hospital, Swansea, the third portrait in my NHS Portrait Series. Having worked for the NHS for 20 years, Lettisha is a nursery nurse working between neonates and postnatal and has previously worked on paediatrics and paediatric palliative care.

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Lettisha
Lettisha Mask
Lettisha Details
Lettisha
Lettisha Mask
Lettisha Details
 
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This is the fourth portrait in my NHS Portrait Series, consisting of layers upon layers of dots, taking over 100 hours to complete. The portrait is of the late David E Laws, a consultant paediatric and ophthalmologist at Singleton Hospital. David was nominated by Angela as a wonderful tribute to his wife. Dave cared for and operated on thousands of premature babies during his career and was adored by the patients, parents and staff. As I was born premature myself at Singleton hospital and for several months I was in the care of many doctors and nurses of the NHS, this was a lovely project to work on.

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David E Laws
Dave's Mask
David E Laws
Dave's Mask
 

The portrait series has been featured on various blogs and outlets. To name a few, my portrait of Charlotte has been printed in Obscurum magazine and the first issue of King House Art Magazine.

Both my portraits of David and Charlotte have exhibited at the Hearth Gallery in Cardiff.

My portrait of David has been exhibited online as part of the Digital Art and Illustration Print It Exhibition at the Aire Place Studios in Leeds with the physical exhibition TBD due to Covid-19.

I have also received confirmation that the portrait series will be shown at a solo show at the Plaza Exhibition Space in Cardiff from the 29th of June - 8th of August at the University Hospital of Llandough.