'The deaf canvas listens...'
Wed 21-28 April 2016
weekdays 10am -5pm
At Kensington and Chelsea College
This exhibition has been inspired by the quote from Walter Sickert a founder member and President of The London Group "On a series of apparently tiresome, flat sittings seeming to lead nowhere - one day something happens, the touches seem to 'take', the deaf canvas listens, your words flow and you have done something."
The work includes painting, sculpture, drawing, mixed media, digital, photography, and video and provides an excellent opportunity to see recent work by the following 40 Members of the Group. Moich Abrahams, Wendy Anderson, Bryan Benge, Slawomir Blatton, Clive Burton, Peter Clossick, Tim Craven, Philip Crozier, Jeff Dellow, James Faure Walker, Cadi Froehlich, Tricia Gillman, Susan Haire, Julie Held, Bill Henderson, Martin Heron, Gillian Ingham, Judith Jones, Matthew Kolakowski, Jeff Lowe, Graham Mileson, C. Morey de Morand, Charlotte C. Mortensson, Kathleen Mullaniff, Eugene Palmer, Ian Parker, Janet Patterson, Daniel Preece, David Redfern, Tom Scase, Tommy Seaward, Philippa Stjernsward, Suzan Swale, David Tebbs, Paul Tecklenberg, David Theobald, Mike Thorpe, Philippa Tunstill, Bill Watson, Susan Wilson, David Wiseman.
The London Group has had a long association with Kensington and Chelsea College, several members teach and have taught there. A special thank you to Matthew Kolakowski Head of Fine Art who has facilitated the exhibition.
There will be artistsí talks on Tuesday 26 April from 6-8pm
Vic Kuell RIP
Vic Kuell died on 30 September 2015 at 91. Friend, tutor and role-model to many members, he will be sadly missed. Vic loved and revered The London Group and it played a central part in his life. He was elected to the Group in 1981. He became Treasurer in 1990 and was also an Honorary Member. He re-wrote the Constitution around 2005 with Morris Kestelman making it as open and enabling as possible and we use their version today with gratitude. Vic came be seen as the most highly regarded head hanger of London Group exhibitions and this was his role for many years.
As a testament to what the Group meant to him, in 2010 Vic gave paintings on paper to the Group to raffle one work a month for a year and about 700 pounds was raised. And now he has left all his paintings to The London Group to be sold to raise funds. We will hold an exhibition of the work at The Cello Factory, probably in 2017. As well as wanting to leave this valuable legacy to the Group Vic particularly wanted members to be able to have his paintings at affordable prices. Vic's loyalty to the Group was unsurpassed. Not only did he never miss a Group show or event until very recently but he went to every exhibition that a member was in and lamented that more members didn't do the same. Vic's final outing was to deliver his last painting to The London Group Open - a supporter to the end!
This year after a somewhat chaotic but fun selection process The London Group elected five new members to join the Group. The five artists work in a wide range of artistic mediums from photography to constructions to metal sculpture. Three of them were prize winners at the recent Open exhibition. One of them has joined the Group for the second time. We are looking forward to see what new ideas and skills they all bring to the Group.