Time to reflect. Rory Lewis announces Selah – a new open air portrait exhibition.

  • Unseen portraiture from renowned British photographer based on the theme of Selah
  • A new body of work recreating meditative and thought-provoking scenes, art at a social distance.
  • 20 portraits will be displayed on JCDecaux screens in all of Liverpool’s mainline Train Stations. Exhibition part of Open Wall’s Arts Project Backed by Liverpool City Council to bring people in the City.
  • Liverpool from 12 to 19 October 2020

Celebrated British photographer Rory Lewis will exhibit a previously unseen body of work from 12 to 19 October 2020 portraits will be displayed on JCDecaux screens in all of Liverpool’s mainline Train Stations.

Entitled Selah, the collection is inspired by the Hebrew word, which appears throughout the Book of Psalms. Its precise meaning is mysterious, but it is interpreted as a pause to breathe and reflect.

Winner of the 2020 Portrait of Britain Award, Rory Lewis is a dedicated portraitist who has spent 15 years capturing many of the world’s most recognised faces. Several of his iconic portraits have been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in London.

According to Lewis, Selah’s foundations are in counter-reformation art. “I have been greatly influenced by Renaissance Italian art in my portraiture, such as the work of the Old Masters including Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Titian and, in particular, Ribera. With Selah, I have attempted to faithfully recreate the light, atmosphere and tones of classical portrait paintings. It has been my aim throughout the project to reproduce meditative religious scenes, directing my subjects to capture the highest moment of drama,” explains Lewis.

The exhibition will feature portraits of actors and personalities from both the UK and USA, including James Purefoy, Dame Judy Dench, James Cromwell, Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Ciarán Hinds, Tony Amendola, Peter Van Norden, Tess Harper, Natalie Dormer, Mark Margolis, Anthony McPartlin, Declan Donnelly, and many more.

Selah | The Exhibition is presented in association with Liverpool City Council, Arts Council Fund & JCDecaux. Limited edition prints of a selection of the images on display will be available to purchase from Rory’s website. www.rorylewis.studio/selah

Exhibition venue:
Displayed on JCDecaux screens.

Liverpool Lime Street Station
Liverpool Central Station
Liverpool Moorfields Station
Liverpool James Street Station