Bobbie Russon's moving portraits that explore the relationship between mother and child

Mother and Daughter, 2019. All images courtesy of the artist and bo.lee gallery

Can we ever fully understand the complex relationship between mother and child? In Bobbie Russon's new body of work, the British artist explores her own childhood experiences, creating moving portraits that are intimate yet melancholy.

Following her usual bold style, the characters in Mother have that subtle, matt finish we've come to expect from Russon. With sombre looks and wide oval eyes, her subjects look a little awkward...shy even, as they pose for their portrait.

You can see her new series at the bo.lee gallery in London from 18 October until 16 November. Says the gallery: "Russon’s sombre yet beautiful paintings expose an inherently ambiguous, complex nature of society’s growing fears about the loss of childhood innocence."

Russon was born in Birmingham and received her MA at the Royal College of Art and her BA at Central St Martin’s in London. She now works from her studio in South West London and is solely represented by bo.lee gallery. Discover more at bobbierusson.com.

Blue Nail Varnish, 2019 © Bobbie Russon

Blue Nail Varnish, 2019 © Bobbie Russon

Mother, 2019 © Bobbie Russon

Mother, 2019 © Bobbie Russon

The Onlooker, 2019 © Bobbie Russon

The Onlooker, 2019 © Bobbie Russon

Wired, 2019 © Bobbie Russon

Wired, 2019 © Bobbie Russon

Partitioned, 2019 © Bobbie Russon

Partitioned, 2019 © Bobbie Russon

The Dream, 2019 © Bobbie Russon

The Dream, 2019 © Bobbie Russon

Expectant, 2019 © Bobbie Russon

Expectant, 2019 © Bobbie Russon