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Press Release for Rainbird Gallery - Dilys Finlay-Atephens

Press Release
Of Birds & Men
  1st – 24th March 2007



Dilys Finlay-Stephens’ portraits are inspired by her grandfather, the national American portrait painter Thomas Edgar Stephens. Celebrated for painting the entire Eisenhower cabinet, he later convinced Eisenhower himself to take up painting, and painted the last life portrait of Winston Churchill as Prime Minister.


By contrast, Dilys Finlay-Stephens chooses to concentrate on interpreting her subjects as products of their varied social and economic environments. Her fascinating portraits of London characters are powerful interpretations that communicate both a humour and sadness, putting a spotlight on what it can mean to be older and living in the city.

Fundamental to all her work is the convincing way in which the artist paints texture and detail, particularly in her paintings of birds.

Dilys Finlay-Stephens’ initial interest in birds came from an early age delving through her father’s books with lustrous illustrations by Lear and Demartini. Her extraordinarily beautiful paintings are strongly influenced by Edward Lear’s parrots. Striking giant songbirds, in homage to Lear and Gould, successfully explore questions of scale in the ordinary and everyday, the ‘common or garden’ and, as with her portraits, reveal the often overlooked, enticing the viewer to look more closely.

Rainbird Fine Art is proud to be hosting this first London solo show for this talented painter.

Press: For further information and images please contact the Rainbird Gallery on + 44 (0)20 7608 3333

or the Rainbird admin. office on + 44 (0)20 8906 2288 or email


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