Artistic family double

September 27, 2011

A 96-year-old London artist and her granddaughter celebrated exhibition openings on the same night.

Marika Eversfield has a pastel, La Cantina, on display at the London Jewish Cultural Centre in Golders Green. Student Lizzie Marx, 19, showed 28 pieces of photography, painting and other media at West London Synagogue.

The schedule clash meant that neither could be present at the other's big night. But Lizzie explained: "I took my grandmother around for her own private view the next day."

Lizzie, who will be studying history of art at Cambridge, said Mrs Eversfield had been a major artistic influence.

"We used to go on family holidays to her house in the Tuscan mountains, where she went to paint. Having art around, watching her paint, was how I got into art."

The West London show, The Wandering Jew, stemmed from her year abroad with RSY in Israel. "I had so much to express."

Last updated: 3:07pm, September 27 2011