Thursday, 26th June until Sunday 21st September
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin's Place
London WC2H 0HE
Some time ago I was engaged as painting consultant for the forthcoming Mike Leigh directed film 'Mr. Turner'. I worked with the principal actor, Timothy Spall, teaching him to draw and paint in preparation for his leading role as J.M.W. Turner. I worked closely with Tim in my studio and, eventually, on location and film set. His accomplished performance is testament to his dedication to, and interest in, the artist, his life and his method. Once filming was over, he modelled for this painting.