Moira Wallace, who became Oriel’s first female Provost in 2013, comes to the end of her term at the end of August.
As is tradition, the College commissioned a portrait of her to join those of other past Provosts. The portrait, painted by Beka Smith, will go on display shortly and was unveiled at the Provost's Summer Party on 21st July.
Commenting on the portrait, Moira said: “Working with Beka on this portrait was a fascinating experience and a real pleasure. I’m a great admirer of Beka’s work, and am delighted with the finished portrait”.
About the Artist
Beka Smith is a London-based portrait artist who in 2006 was selected to exhibit in the BP Portrait Awards. The portrait of Moira Wallace is her first portrait of an Oxford Head of House, following previous commissions for two Cambridge Heads of House.
It was her success at the BP Portrait Awards which prompted Beka to become a full-time artist. Now based at the well-known 'Thames-Side Studios', Beka has a wealth of experience in academic settings. Beka’s paintings have been included in various publications including the book 500 Portraits by Sandy Nairne (Director of the National Portrait Gallery), and International Contemporary Artists’Volume IV (2012) by Eve Lemonidou.
You can read more about Beka and view her portfolio on her website.