Arabella Dorman is an artist intrigued by the human condition; her work documents the people and places affected by conflict across the globe. This November, Dorman presents Before the Dawn – An Artist’s Journey Through Afghanistan at La Galleria in Pall Mall, an exhibition of work inspired by and created during her travels through Afghanistan. Poignantly timed to mark the drawdown of the Afghan campaign at a time of national remembrance and international reflection, the exhibition will give visitors an opportunity consider the legacy of conflict in the area.
Born in 1975, Arabella Dorman has gained an international reputation as a society portrait painter and as a war artist. Dorman’s work demonstrates a mastery of classical technique with a contemporary twist, an approach that owes much to her studies at Byam Shaw School of Art, Edinburgh University and four years working in an atelier in Florence. Dorman has painted commissions for prominent figures and establishments throughout Britain and her work hangs in public institutions and private collections around the world.
Dorman’s military paintings are drawn from first hand experience of working with British forces in Southern Iraq (2006) and British and Afghan forces in Afghanistan (2009 onwards). Her work is a powerful exploration of the everyday reality of life on the frontline and the tragedy of a country and people devastated by war. Arabella Dorman lives in London with her husband and two children.