Massive Attack makeup guru wins Swindon Museum art exhibition

A FORMER makeup artist who worked on Vogue and Massive Attack video hits will have a solo show in Swindon this month.

London-based artist Cathy Lomax worked on Vogue, ID magazine and the videos of some of the biggest music makers of the early 1990s.

But she moved from makeup artistry to fine art around the turn of the millennium, studying at some of London’s top art schools.

Cathy, who is the director of an artist-run gallery in east London, will open a new exhibition of her work at the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery later this week.

The exhibition, titled The Blind Spot, features around 25 paintings inspired by some of cinema’s most famous female faces, including Swindon’s blonde bombshell Diana Dors.

Cathy said: “The exhibition is about watching and being watched. I am really interested in cinema. There’s something weird about it – you watch these women act out intimate moments.

Diana Dors is one of the portraits on display. “She epitomizes a certain period in film history, with this incredible blonde bombshell look,” said Cathy, who is currently studying for a PhD in film studies at Queen Mary, University of London. “I find her really intriguing.”

The exhibition is the result of artist Cathy winning the top prize for contemporary British painting last year for her portrait Black Venus.

“It was amazing to win – and very unexpected,” said Cathy, who had previously only made the shortlist.

Among the winner’s benefits was an exhibition at the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery. The Bath Road Museum is said to have the best collection of contemporary British painting outside of London.

All of the paintings in the exhibition, which opens Wednesday, September 6, were created especially for the museum by Cathy.

The artist will talk about his work during a special conference on Thursday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. Museum curator Sophie Cummings will give a free talk about the exhibition on Wednesday, September 6 at 12:30 p.m.

The Blind Spot by Cathy Lomax is at the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery until Saturday 30 September. Free entry.

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