Jerwood Gallery launches its 2017 season
Jerwood Gallery has announced its 2017 season of exhibitions – including the biggest and most ambitious project of brand new art ever undertaken by national treasure Quentin Blake and previously unseen studio wall drawings from Turner Prize Winner Keith Tyson – which are all coming to the award-winning gallery in Hastings which is celebrating its 5th birthday in 2017.
Quentin Blake: The Only Way to Travel (10 June– 15 October 2017)
An undoubted national treasure octogenarian Quentin Blake is passionate about Hastings, and that is why he has chosen Jerwood Gallery as the venue for his biggest and most ambitious show to date.
Probably best known as an illustrator working with the likes of Roald Dahl, this exhibition will show a completely different – and to many totally unknown – facet of Quentin’s work. New paintings, many monumental in size, will investigate topical themes including the refugee crisis and the current political climate in the unique, life affirming, Blake style. The show will also explore subjects that are close to Quentin’s heart, mental health issues amongst the young, and the lack of creativity in schools.
In Focus: Eileen Agar- Bride of the Sea (15 March – 4 June 2017)
Eileen Agar was one of the greatest UK based artists of the last century, and the most prominent female member of the British Surrealist movement.
Born in Argentina, she moved to England as a child and attended art school in London. In 1936 her work was chosen alongside that of Picasso and Miro for the International Surrealist Exhibition at the New Burlington Galleries – the first of a number of the major international exhibitions of the movement. Known for experimenting with new techniques and materials, such as photographs, found objects and collages, her art appears in many prominent international collections.
This exhibition, part of the gallery’s ‘In Focus’ series, takes as its starting point a key work within the Jerwood Collection – Eileen Agar’s 1969 painting Pigeon Post. This focused display features major loans of Agar’s Surrealist paintings from significant national institutions, displayed alongside archive photographs of the artist from Tate.
Jean Cooke: Delight in the Thing Seen (24 May – 10 September 2017)
Following the acclaimed 2016 Jerwood Gallery exhibition John Bratby: Everything but the Kitchen Sink, including the Kitchen Sink, this one-room display explores the work of Bratby’s first wife and subject of many of his early portraits, the artist Jean Cooke, RA.
This exhibition creates the opportunity for Cooke’s voice to be heard, and for visitors to explore her unique artistic vision in a display that features many works that have never before been on public view.
Jean Cooke (1927-2008) was a highly celebrated British painter of still life, landscape, portraits and figures. She was a lecturer at the Royal Academy and received high profile commissions to paint portraits for Lincoln College and St Hilda’s College, Oxford. Her works can be found in many major public collections, including Tate, the Royal Academy and the Government Art Collection. The exhibition includes works that relate to her family and personal life, local landscapes and seascapes, still lifes, and a powerful self-portrait. When asked why she painted, Cooke replied: ‘It is some sort of love, some sort of devotion. More nun-like than a devouring of life, but still an untiring use of eyes and mind to concoct images . . . A continuous delight in the thing seen.’