Artist Dora Holzhandler’s set of four oil paintings of Nigel Kennedy, pictured, will be on show at the artist’s exhibition at the Goldmark Gallery in Uppingham, Rutland, from 13 September to 5 October.
Inspired by the artist’s favourite piece, one for which Kennedy has become world-famous, Holzhandler has painted Kennedy ‘at work in all four seasons’.
Holzhandler first met Kennedy at a London exhibition in 2012 and offered to paint his portrait. The resulting work provided the cover for his Recital album of 2013, and was blown up to provide a backdrop for the accompanying tour.
In an Independent on Sunday profile of the pair last year, Kennedy said: ‘I was looking a bit morosely in the window of what used to be my local Oddbins in Belsize Village [in north London], as it was now an art gallery. The owner came out and said, “Are you that violinist? I have this painter I’m displaying who loves to hear you playing.”
‘So I walked in and was confronted by this amazing naive art: Dora’s use of colour was vivid and there was some of her Jewish culture in some of the pieces. I fell in love with the innocence of her work.’
‘I’ve always loved hearing his playing on the radio,’ said Holzhandler, ‘the Four Seasons in particular. Yes, he’s an accomplished violinist, but there’s something extra there: I’ve always felt that he has played from the heart.
‘The day I finished the portrait, I went to his flat to show it to him and he seemed really pleased. I asked, “Would you play Four Seasons for me?” The moment felt nice, but it was only when I look back on it that I realise how extraordinary it was.’
Dora Holzhandler: New Paintings runs at the Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham, Rutland, 13 September to 5 October.