An Arts Council Collection exhibition at the town’s Granary Gallery opens this weekend bringing together drawings by some of Britain’s most celebrated artists.
‘Drawn from Life: People on Paper’ is a new exhibition opening at the Granary Gallery this Saturday. An Arts Council Collection touring exhibition which spans over a century of British art including works by David Hockney, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Lucian Freud, Antony Gormley and L.S. Lowry.
It begins in the early twentieth century with Gwen John’s delicate lines, the intricate patterns of Harold Gilman and the precision of William Roberts. Mid-twentieth-century works include the whimsical lines of George Fullard and John Golding and the bold markings of Frank Auerbach and John Bratby.
The majority of the works are drawn from observation, though some are from memory or imagination; some are unfinished studies while others are finished works in their own right. Perhaps some of the most surprising examples are those from very early on in artists’ careers, such as a self-portrait by Richard Hamilton from 1938 and Eduardo Paolozzi’s Drawings from Rembrandt, 1945. The story is brought up to the present with the imaginary figures of Charles Avery and Mimei Thompson.
James Lowther, Head of Visual Art at Berwick Visual Arts said: ‘After the success of our Scottish Colourists exhibition over the summer, we knew we needed a great follow up and we are delighted to have been able to work with the Arts Council Collection to bring this exhibition to Berwick. Drawing is at the core of many artists practice and this exhibition gives us an insight into diversity of techniques and approaches used by these artists to develop their work.’
In partnership with Berwick Visual Arts, Berwick Educational Association have organised a programme exhibition guided tours, lectures, drop-in family workshops and practical art workshops taking place over the next few months and full details of these can be found at www.berwickea.org.uk and also by visiting the exhibition.