Rory’s iconic portrait exhibition returns to Manchester in August 2019. Featuring portraits of Northern Icon’s such as Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Craig Charles and many more.
Rory Lewis is a dedicated portraitist who has spent over a decade on a quest to capture many of the world’s most recognised faces. ‘Northerners’ first exhibited in 2014, will return in August 2019 to Manchester. The exhibition features a collection of portraits from a cross section of Northern Celebrities, Sports Personalities, Actors, Politicians and people encountered. Featuring Sittings with Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart, Karl Pilkington and Craig Charles.
Excitedly, Rory will be exhibiting the project comprised of vivid and thought-provoking portraits at Wex Photo Video Gallery in Manchester. Individuals will be able acquire limited edition prints of the iconic portraits.
Rory himself a Northerner, born in Chester, divides his time between London and Los Angeles working with a wide variety of clients. In addition to his projects and private portraits, his photography has been commissioned by Pepsi, Universal, The British Army, The Times, The Guardian and Cancer Research UK among others.
Rory breaks the mould of typical risk-averse portraiture which is commissioned within the media industry. Dynamically challenging the established norm and instead injecting moments of spontaneity, and even awkwardness, in to his imagery he successfully shuns the aggrandising and sycophantic result typically seen in portraits of the famous. Rory’s aim is to strip back the artificial layers of staid portraiture and replace it with strangeness and a sense of quiet.
Rory draws immense inspiration not from previous photographers, but from the Masters of Art including Hans Holbein the Younger, Titian, Caravaggio and Jusepe de Ribera. The result is an exciting and fascinating new collection.
Jamie Lomas is an English television actor, known for his roles as Warren Fox in Hollyoaks, Jake Stone in EastEnders and Jeff Durkin in Coronation Street. Jamie very kindly agreed to sit for a portrait at the Liverpool Studio. The portrait will be featured in my Northerners Exhibition, taking place in Manchester from the 1st August 2019.
Recently I was commissioned by Curtis Brown Management to capture a series of promotional portraiture for Karl Pilkington. An English travel show presenter, actor, author and all-round funny man who shot to fame alongside Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant with the radio programme, the Ricky Gervais Show.
Recently I invited former Prime Minister Tony Blair to sit for a portrait in London. Mr Blair served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007. The third Prime Minister of my career, it was an exciting prospect to capture his Portrait.
The Victoria Cross & George CrossPortrait Project has been an exceptionally challenging, yet rewarding. Individuals who have been awarded the Victoria Cross have been selected because they are worthy of Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand’s highest military award for their bravery and conduct in the field.
Portraits from a recent Portrait Commission with Rona Fairhead, Baroness Fairhead, CBE Minister of State at the Department for International Trade. She is a former Chairman of the BBC Trust and was the first woman to hold the post.
Liverpool City Council commissioned a Portrait of the new Lord Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Erica Kemp CBE. Over the past few months I have been fascinated by the use of hands in my portraits, I asked the Mayor if she could clasp her hands in the image.
Baron Hague, at for a portrait to be included in my Northerners Exhibition. His name is synonymous with modern political discourse, but to meet him in person, you would not think it. He is a very witty man who was reeling jokes off through the entire sitting.
Iain Glen is a Scottish film, television, and stage actor best known for his roles in the Resident Evil films and for portraying Ser Jorah Mormont in Game of Thrones. Iain accepted my invitation to sit for a portrait a few weeks ago.
Thank you to BBC Corespondent Chris Long interviewing me about my Northerners Photography Exhibition. Speaking in particular about my sittings with Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, full transcript below.
I had assumed that only sheer luck or destiny would place Sir Patrick Stewart in front of my lens. Somewhat surprisingly though, after 24 years of dreaming about capturing his portrait, it was the sight of a vulgar, pink Hummer that inspired our meeting. The sitting would change my stars from a provincial photographer to an international portraitist working in London & Los Angeles.
Pete popped into the Liverpool Studio for a Portrait Session. It was wonderful to meet Pete and work through several looks to create a wonderful collection of images; which reflect the fun and serious sides of Pete’s Personality.
Ian McShane is an English Actor, Director, Producer and Voice Artist. From Lovejoy to Deadwood and Pirates of the Caribbean, McShane is a Screen legend. From a lawless saloon owner to the sexiest of beastly British mobsters, award-winning actor Ian McShane has, time and time again, captured the public’s attention by playing bad guys, scoundrels and thieves.
When researching names to invite to sit for myNortherners Portrait Exhibition, I decided to invite Paul Barber to take part as an iconic Northern Actor. I was delighted at his acceptance and the Photoshoot took place this week at the London Studio.
Now 72 I wanted to capture a portrait of a more seasoned experienced Warner for my Northerners Portrait Exhibition. To Coax him into sitting, I wrote several letters to David’s various representing agencies both in the UK and USA; alas without a reply. Not giving up I discovered via Social Networking, David was attending at Hammer Horror Convention in London.