Next week and for the rest of the month a series of drawings and paintings of Emma Watson are on show the Panter & Hall gallery, St James’s, Piccadilly. They’re by Mark Demsteader, the Manchester born artist. He has gathered rather a reputation for his attractive, dreamy paintings of beautiful women. You may have seen those he did of the model, Erin O’Connor.
His work first caught Emma’s eye when she was at school in Oxford – he exhibited at a gallery there and his were always her favourites, she says. She recently got in touch with him, with the idea of buying a painting – it was around the time of her 21st birthday. He asked if he could paint a series of Emma, and this exhibition is the result. The two I’ve attached here are my favourites. Top: Study for a Painting 2, below: Emma 10.
There’s another spin to this. 10% of proceeds from the exhibition will go to Camfed International, a charity helping to educate girls in Africa, which Emma supports.