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Three Royal Court Theatre Directors (Katie Mitchell; Stephen Daldry; Ian Rickson)

© National Portrait Gallery, London. Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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Drawing on diverse influences from Degas and Sickert to Richter and Tuymans, Mortimer used a photography session, in which he directed the three sitters in a Royal Court rehearsal room, as the starting point for this portrait. According to Mortimer 'the painting forces the figures to exist in a theatrical space with a hidden narrative'. The artist Neo Rausch has described the 'strange perfume' emanating from Mortimer's paintings and this can be seen here in the play between the artist's obvious delight in the painted surface and the painting's psychological depth and tension.

National Portrait Gallery, London





oil on canvas


H 178 x W 203.5 cm

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Commissioned with help from the Jerwood Charitable Foundation through the Jerwood Portrait Commission, 2004

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