Caught as the proverbial flies in amber, Jenny Mörtsell’s subjects are seen at a specific split-second in their lives; preserved forever as they go about their business of rubbing an eye or applying make-up. The drama of the moment is captured in a totally different way to how it might be by photography or sketching; it is recorded using a combination of meticulous draughtsmanship, painstaking attention to detail and time-consuming craft.

Mörtsell observes in detail the people of the day who are fashionable in terms of what they wear and who may also work in the fashion world. She draws in the intensive manner of artists such as Horace Vernet or Paul Gavarni from 200 years ago; the ability to fuse the totally traditional with a ...

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