There is a great treat in store in Room 5 at the BM: a curious show of the work of the Greek artist, Ghika, and of John Craxton. They knew each other in Greece for many years and they also mixed there with the cosmopolitan world of Paddy Leigh-Fermor and his wife, Joan ( nee Eyres-Monsell). One hardly ever sees [Read More…]
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The new show opening at Tate Britain to mark 50 years since the relaxation of the laws relating to homosexuality folowing the Wolfenden Report inevitably brings to mind the great supporter of gay artists in the 1940s and 1950s, Peter Watson. Watson only really started to focus on British art when he was forced to return to London from Paris [Read More…]
A new show has opened at the MuseumÂ in Dorchester of Craxton’s pictures of Dorset. I have lent a picture of the ruined Knowlton Church, inscribed by the artist to the opthalmic surgeon, Pat Trevor-Roper, brother of the academicÂ Hugh. These early, pre-Greece pictures by the young artist are very much influenced by John Piper.
On 25th June,2014, Christie’s is holding an evening sale of Modern British and Irish Art at King Street. I have contributed a total of approximately 1,000 words to two catalogue entries, on the subject of Peter Watson. Lot 2 is a portrait drawing of Watson by Freud and lot 6 is a drawing of Watson by Craxton. The works are [Read More…]
There is a new exhibition opened at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge of Craxton’s work. I am not sure what has particularly led to the show being put on there, although it may have something to do with the enthusiastic new young Director, Tim Knox. In any event, it is a welcome airing for Craxton’s work, which has not been [Read More…]
Published in the British Art Journal, Volume XII No. 1, Summer 2011
Bonham’s in New Bond Street (the old Phillips) has a small exhibition of works by John Craxton in the room leading to the sale rooms. This is worth seeing as it contains loans from the estate of works which are not easily seen otherwise. The particularly nice thing about the show (and the works are not for sale) is that [Read More…]