On Tuesday 28th June the Tynwald Library hosted the opening of a solo exhibition by acclaimed local portrait artist Svetlana Cameron. The exhibition, entitled “Laa Tinvaal”, includes six works by Svetlana, including the new presidential portrait, which was unveiled for the first time on Tuesday. The portrait shows Madam President in St John’s Church. Svetlana explained that although the illustration of the church is not an exact depiction, it does show the key features of the church and all of the important Manx symbols that are there.
In addition to the new presidential portrait the exhibition is comprised of four further paintings: Laa Tinvaal, Manx Folk Dancer and portraits of The Lord Bishop of Sodor and Man and James Anthony Brown OBE. Svetlana described the works as being different but all united by having some association with Tynwald.
In her speech at the unveiling, stating that she felt “honoured” to have been asked to paint the presidential portrait, Svetlana described how she was inspired to create “Laa Tinvaal”, an artwork which depicts Manx dancers on Tynwald Day, after attending it for the first time in 2012, an experience she said was like nothing she had seen before.
The unveiling was attended by Madam President who made a speech thanking Svetlana, who is originally from Russia but now resides in the Isle of Man, for her work and describing her as an “asset” to the island. The painting Laa Tinvaal has been displayed and reproduced in Australia, Canada and the United States. Later this year in October it will be displayed in the Mission of Rossotrudnichestvo, a Russian cultural institute in London. Madam President stated that this would help to further the promotion and awareness of Tynwald abroad.
The exhibition is running until July 22nd from 9am- 5pm every weekday in the Tynwald Library and is open to everyone.
For further information contact:
Ruth Eastham Head of Chamber and Information Service
Telephone: 01624 685520