It has been announced that a new display by Rosalind Nashashibi, the first Artist in Residence of the National Gallery will be able to view from the 3rd December 2020 to 21 February 2021.

Rosalind Nashashibi in front of Gustave Courbet’s Still Life with Apples and a Pomegranate, © The National Gallery, London

Featuring subjects from Shakespeare to Ingrid Bergman, the 2020 National Gallery Artist in Residence: Rosalind Nashashibi: An Overflow of Passion and Sentiment presents four new paintings of varying sizes interspersed among the Gallery’s 17th century Spanish paintings in Room 30. 

Responding to passion and emotional drama in works by Velázquez, Ribera, Murillo and Zurbarán, Nashashibi’s new work has been created during her residency at the gallery having engaged with the venue’s collection, research and teams throughout. 

Through her work, Nashashibi is fascinated with how  the 17th century paintings use figures and motifs to communicate their stories, with her own art pulling together elements from a range of diverse sources – film, literature, art history and personal biography. 

The new artworks that she has created depict Shakespeare’s character Malvolio from Twelfth Night, a sculpture of a dancer by Auguste Rodin and a film still of the actress Ingrid Bergman and was inspired by Diego Velazquez’s painting Philip IV hunting Wild Boar (La Tela Real) and his portraits of King Philip IV that hang in the same room. 

Talking about the news, Rosalind Nashashibi, 2020 National Gallery Artist in Residence, said: “Spending a year getting to know the collection with the input of the knowledgeable and generous team at the National Gallery has been an exciting and empowering experience. Initially I felt overly humbled by the proximity to the old masters, but I now feel how important it is for female artists to be onsite, engaging with them. I’m proud to be here and grateful that the National Gallery invited me to intervene directly in the collection.”

The residency award, which is part of the Gallery’s new Modern and Contemporary Programme, is a collaboration with the Contemporary Art Society, and this year partners with The Pier Arts Centre in Stromness, Orkney, which was selected for the exceptional quality of their collections. In a move to enrich regional collections, a work made during Nashishibi’s residency will be acquired by the Contemporary Art Society for the permanent collection in Orkney.

Meanwhile, the partnership between the National Gallery and The Pier Arts Centre has allowed Nashashibi to respond to one of the greatest collections of paintings in the Western European tradition, as well as an outstanding collection of 20th century British Modernist art, including works by William Gear, Barbara Hepworth, Margaret Mellis, Margaret Tait and Alfred Wallis.