The basic inspiration may stem from any one of the many aspects of portraiture anyone, or certainly June Mendoza, has to deal with and juggle simultaneously on both the painting and the portrait. Design comes first (painting) inclusive of what it says about the subject – combined with the body language (portrait).
June uses pastel, pen and chalks or watercolour that are finally channelled into full oil portraiture on canvas. She uses shop bought brushes, turps and my oil paints. These she carts around for the many away-days and overseas commissions in a battered old briefcase (which cause much suspicion at airports!)I seem and like to work on about six portraits simultaneously. Each has breathing space for paint, artist and sitter by alternating and she contend with a full diary more comfortably. June works from life, as for me there is information and painting excitement in exploration, character and colour which she finds limited in “painting” from photographs. June wants life in her subjects’ veins. She works straight onto the canvas but the decisions still have to be made in her head first.
Born in Melborne Australia
Studied at St Martin’s School of Art
Taught freelance short course/tutoring at West Dean College, Chetham’s Music College, Manchester.
Courses of a week’s duration in France. Lectures internationally, art criticisms (encouragements!).
Elected by and annual showings with RP, ROI and SWA.
Council Member of RP and ROIPortraits for industry, academia, medicine, government, H.M. Forces, royalty, theatre, sport, literature internationally.
Honorary Society of Women Artists
A.O. – Officer of Australia
OBE – Order of British Empire
Hon. D Lit – Loughborough University
Hon. D Lit – University of Bath
Hon. Doc – Open University
R.O.I. annual - all portraiture
Hatton Gallery, Newcastle
Solo at Mall Galleries
Solo at Holburne Museum, Bath
Bulldog exhibition of self-portraits, London
Various articles in art and general journals over many years.Portraits used ON CDs and DVDs e.g. Joan Sutherland’s ‘Lucia’, Charles Mackerras’ Beethoven Symphony series.
Portraits on book jackets e.g. AJP Taylor, Robin Day etc.