Why does a stunningly beautiful woman dress up in her best and most expensive evening clothes, make up her hair and face and then go on her own to the opera or a musical concert? Why does she sit on her own on an elegant sofa with an empty space alongside? Where is her companion? Is she waiting for someone, perhaps a mysterious lover or an errant politician, or is she naturally aloof and wants to be alone like Greta Garbo and enjoy the evening in her own company and on her own terms?
Thomas Newbolt’s elegant and mysterious ladies in “Drama Painting – A Modern Baroque” watch over the audiences coming to enjoy the “Baroque Unwrapped” season of music at King’s Place London. Their beauty and elegance emerge from the dark backgrounds into the full light of the corridors and lobbies leading to the concert halls, along with self-portraits of Thomas Newbolt himself. The concerts finish and they are still there – watching, waiting, mysterious as ever…..