Written by Gareth Joy

On Show: portrait of a lifeboat volunteer

7th October 2021

A portrait of a Penarth lifeboat volunteer has gone on show at a new fine art exhibition.

Heather Rowan-Robinson, a crew member with the RNLI in Penarth for three years, was invited to pose in her kit for the painting by Harry Holland.

It features in an exhibition celebrating 'essential workers' at the Martin Tinney Gallery in Cardiff.

Heather was invited to the opening, where she stood beside her 1.2 metre tall portrait alongside other workers, including a firefighter, a chef, a cleaner and a police officer.

She said: ''It was great to be asked to take part in the exhibition and to be able to represent the RNLI among the many other professions the artist included.''

''It’s not often you get to stand next to a huge painting of yourself by a well-known artist – so it was a bit strange but also a great experience!''

Glasgow-born Harry Holland moved to Wales in 1973 and recently celebrated his 80th birthday.

He's widely considered as one of the leading figurative painters in Britain and his work has been exhibited around the world, including London's Tate Gallery, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the European Parliament Collection.

Mr Holland has staged a number of exhibitions at the Martin Tinney Gallery over the last 29 years - his latest collection also includes some of his trademark narrative and still-life works.

The gallery, in the Cathays area, is open between 10am and 6pm from Tuesday - Friday and between 10am and 2pm on Saturday.

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