David Warner well know English Actor, on both sides of the Atlantic, has adverted a professional portrait sitting since Cecil Beaten coaxed him to it in 1965 at the Age of 24 (Picture Left). Known for playing both romantic leads and sinister or villainous characters, across a range of media, he is most famous for his roles in films such as Morgan – A Suitable Case for Treatment, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Ballad of Cable Hogue, Cross of Iron,The Omen, Time Bandits, Tron, Star Trek V and VI, The Lost World, Holocaust, Portrait in Evil, Titanic, and Planet of the Apes.
Now 72 I wanted to capture a portrait of a more seasoned experienced Warner for my Northerners Portrait Exhibition. (Picture Right Rory Lewis David Warner Portrait) To Coax him into sitting, I wrote several letters to David’s various representing agencies both in the UK and USA; alas without a reply. Not giving up I discovered via Social Networking, David was attending at Hammer Horror Convention in London. Writing anther letter to be delivered on the day of the event, I was delighted to receive a reply a few days later, David agreed to sit for a portrait session in London. I have been a fan of Warner for many years, seeing his Cult Films and TV Appearances from childhood. Now it was my chance to direct David and create some striking Portraiture.
The Sitting was very memorable, David was astonishing, creating expressions and emotions that almost hold the viewer. After the Session I contacted the the National Portrait Gallery who acquired one of the images for their Permanent Collection.
I can’t believe, it has been One Year Since my First Exhibition Keeping Abreast in 2012 I am pleased to announce my 2014 Exhibition will take place from 24th July – 31st July 2014 in Liverpool.
The 2012 Exhibition helped to Raise £400 for Macmillan Cancer Support. I hope to BETTER last years total and Raise £1000 for UNICEF, to help children all over the world in need of support, water, food, medical care and education.
Rory’s ‘Northerners Exhibition’ is an entirely new collection of over 100 portraits of a cross section of Northern Celebrities, Sports Personalities, Actors, Politicians and people encountered. Featuring Sittings with Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart, Ian McShane, Emma Rigby, Claire Sweeney and many others.
If you would like to attend the opening night of the exhibition please Visit Exhibition Page. Tickets will be £5 with all proceeds donated to UNICEF. I will be giving a talk about the work and my career in the industry and their will be a glass or two of wine or beer to numb the pain of the talk, which I trust will not be too boring.