this is a show of paintings I have made of vita sackville-west [1892-1962]—british poet and novelist, noted gardener, lover of virginia woolf, arrogant aristocrat, serial seducer [mostly of women]. She made much mischief in the lives of others. A friend of her mother, the architect edwin lutyens, once said of her: the only thing is to know and realize that vita has got blanks in herself and these blanks are blank. If I find a blank, I get a plank and bridge it and I don’t look down, lest I get vertigo.”
I am hoping I have made a small biography in paint. The first painting is of Vita and Virginia in 1927, in the midst of their affair. When Vita would visit, they’d meet early, in the basement.
The small portraits are of her retinue of lovers. click to open images.
The paintings made up a show [see notice below]. I then made a book of this show and all its paintings and a short narrative on vita and those surrounding her. If you would like one of these, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will send you a copy for $25.