Wednesday, 21 April 2010

David Gentleman

The artist David Gentleman has an exhibtion currently in London. He featured in a Guardian profile published on Saturday 17th April.

Gentleman was influenced by the art of Thomas Bewick in the early part of his career.

"Gentleman's father, a Scotsman, had started out as a painter before heading to Hertford in 1930, the year of David's birth, to work on publicity for corporate clients such as Shell. As a result, international modernism – clean planes, collage and the like – was in the family's visual vocabulary; but so was the singularly insular modernism of Edward Bawden and his circle, splicing those post-Cubist spaces with evocations of quirky, folksy Englishness.
At the outset of his career, Gentleman leaned the latter way, towards nostalgia. The imperishable rural vignettes of Thomas Bewick prompted a highly personal love affair with wood engraving which was nurtured by John Nash when he entered the Royal College of Art in 1950; but, Gentleman recalls, "nobody else was doing it. My fellow students all thought of it as a hangover from the 30s" – the heyday, that is, of another of his artistic heroes, Eric Ravilious."

You can read the full text of the article here.
David Gentleman's paintings are on show at Fine Arts Society, London, until 24 April 2010.
There is also a new edition of George Ewart Evans's Ask the Fellows Who Cut the Hay, which was originally published in 1956 (272pp, Full Circle Editions). For more information click here.

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