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New Members

This year after an extended selection process The London Group elected two new members to join the group. There are now 90 artists in the group.

Juliette Losq

Tisna Westerhof

Reviews of Uproar! at Ben Uri

The show Uproar! has been getting some good reviews. Below are a selection of links

Fifty works by 50 artists go on show in this closely packed, historically evocative survey by Jackie Wullschlager for the Financial Times

Celebrating the Centenary of The London Group in A Kick Up The Arts

Uproar! British modernism from The London Group @BenUriGallery, London on The Flaneur website

Uproar continues to get mainly good reviews, this one from The Times

A shocker from Brian Sewell of the Evening Standard

Positive stuff from Studio International.

The London Group and the Café Royal

The London Group members are meeting up on Friday 25th October at the Café Royal London to celebrate 100 years to the day of The Group's first recorded meeting.

In Edwardian London the Café Royal was a popular meeting place for artists and also members of the French community. One such group of artists was the Camden Town Group who were renamed and expanded in numbers to become The London Group in 1913. The Café Royal was situated in Regent Street, close to Piccadilly Circus and so was a convenient location for artists and guests to seek refreshments and to share gossip and news with the French clientele. Paris was the leading artistic capital of Europe at the time, having 'hosted' Post-Impressionism and now fostering Cubism and Fauvism. Avant-garde British artists, especially those in The London Group, looked to French painting as their model.

The Café Royal has recently been reopened as a luxury 5 star hotel where an absinthe cocktail will set you back £20. Santé! The London Group - may you last another 100 years.

The London Group: a history 1913-2013 by David Redfern

Despite The London Group celebrating its One Hundredth Anniversary in 2013 no complete history of the Group has ever been written...that is, until now! "The London Group: a history 1913-2013" written by David Redfern, a current member of the Group, tells the story of this well known artists' exhibiting cooperative from its origins as an enlargement of the Camden Town Group in 1913 through one hundred years of triumphs and tears to the vibrant and enthusiastic Group it is today, all set in a cultural, social and geographical context.

(Softback 416 pages with many B&W and colour illustrations)

The book costs £20 and is available from

Harvey Daniels (1936-2013) An appreciation

I first met Harvey at meetings of the United Kingdom National Committee of the International Association of Art at Richard Carline's house in Hampstead and later when we attended IAA conferences in Stuttgart and Helsinki as joint members of the UK delegation. He was a client and friend of Robert Coward, my partner. We often visited Harvey and Judy in Brighton. Their two daughters, Zoe and Prudence, are only a few years older than our daughter, Sunshine. In 1987 I put forward Harvey as a member of the London Group. Harvey was a wonderful artist. I loved his slightly pop-art inspired early works, and his later less figurative paintings and prints. His paintings were joyful and he loved colour. Harvey was kind, generous, funny and extremely perceptive, especially on matters to do with art. He was always supportive of other artists. He wrote the introduction to my 'Catalogue of Fear' retrospective exhibition at the Gardner Centre, Brighton. Harvey exhibited his work widely in the UK and abroad and his work is in many public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He was a founder member of the Printmakers’ Council. He produced a portfolio of twelve artists' prints to raise money for the IAA.

His own artwork always looked fresh and distinctively a Harvey Daniels. He never seemed to age, he always dressed beautifully with colourful glasses and very distinctive shoes. He was always a staunch supporter and friend of the London Group and its values. He was a real artist in everything he did, through good times and bad, whatever the weather, and now he is gone. And we miss him. But his wonderful lively colourful paintings and prints live on. He is an extra star in the sky in a dark night and we will never forget his kindness and energy.

SUZAN SWALE

UPROAR! The first 50 years of The London Group 1913-1963

To celebrate The London Group's centenary year, Ben Uri will curate and host a major historical exhibition, Uproar!: The first 50 years of The London Group 1913-1963, examining the first half century in the group's turbulent history.

This is the first extensive survey of the Group's first 50 years. During these early decades, these often innovative and daring works consistently provoked a sense of 'uproar' stimulating the public's appetite for the new.

This exhibition and book embody the essence of British modernism. 100 years later, many of these 'Uproarious' radicals are now cornerstones of twentieth century British art history. 31st Oct 2013 - 2nd March 2014 Ben Uri Museum & Gallery 108a Boundary Road St John's Wood London NW8 0RH ADMISSION FREE.

See Ben Uri's website for further information

New Members

The following five new members have been selected to join The London Group in 2013, so now there are 90 artists in the group.

Eric Fong

Vaughan Grylls

Marenka Gabeler

Susan Sluglett

David Wiseman

Congratulations

Congratulations to the following 76 artists who have been selected to show in the Centenary Open. We look forward to seeing their work hung alongside contributions by the members.

Vaughan Grylls, Camilla Emson, Guillermo Monroy, Kaori Homma, Amanda Benson, Mary-Jane Opie, Jane Webb, Rob Miller, Angela Smith, Dominic Negus, Dominic Watson, James Allen, Michael Clark, Charlotte Jonerheim, Austin Cole, Wynn Jones, Rossanne Pellegrino, Paul Gadenne, Caroline Jane Harris, Edward Hryniewicz, Roger Woodiwiss, Yoshimi Kihara, Tim Garwood, Stathis Dimitriadis, Anna Lewis, Eugene Nyee Macki, Melissa Alley, Ruth Solomons, Brian Deighton, Kate Giles, Andrew McCafferty, Tila Rodriguez-Past, Georgina McNamara, Terry Ryan, Miki Shaw, An Gee Chan, Imogen Ward, Maya Ramsay, Carolyn Gowdy, Will Teather, Shelley Wilson, Mark Neumann, Linda Lieberman, Rosie Leventon, Neil Bryant, Paul Hodge, Serena Smith, Madeline Churchill, David R Watson, Polly Bagnall, Helen Banzhaf, Eric Fong, Nicholas Gentilli, Miho Sato, Dean Marsh, Steve Johnson, Saliha Elhoussaini, Jessica Mallock, David Jane, Eliza Bennett, Marguerite Horner, Michael Ward, Christopher Appleby, Stephanie Conway, Judith Jones, Jolene Mok, Victoria Margarita Ahrens, Srinivas Surti, Debbie Lee, Louise Whittles, Dina Varpahovsky, Sumi Perera, Tisna Westerhof, Marenka Gabeler, Steph Goodger, Bronte Woodruff

London Landmark article by Peter Clossick for the Artist & Illustrator magazine.

Click here to download a pdf of the article.

Scan from the Hampshire Chronicle

See The London Group's Centenary on the BBC

Link to BBC's arts and entertainmant website.

Article in a-n

"Tonight (22 January) sees the opening of the London Group’s Centenary Exhibition. And what better way to celebrate 100 years than by showing 100 artworks..." Text by Jack Hutchinson

a-n website.

Still eclectic after all these years - artists celebrate 100 years of the London Group

We were pleased to meet Mark Brown from The Guardian at Pitzhanger Manor last week and read his excellent piece on Wednesday 23rd January.

Here is the article on The Guardian's website.

The Centenary Open 2013

The Group's famous Open submission exhibition is launched in January.

If you are an artist working in any medium you have until the 15th of March to submit an artwork/s to be considered for selection for the show in May/June at The Cello Factory, Waterloo. The guest selectors are Jane England, Bruce McLean and Nicholas Usherwood and there are prizes worth £5000 and the chance for a solo show. Everyone submitting to the exhibition will receive a special 10% discount off professional art materials available at John Jones online.

One Hundred Plus Draw 2012

The One Hundred Plus Draw took place on October the 4th at the Cello Factory and was a huge success raising a lot of money for the group which will go towards making the centenary a triumph. Thanks to Gill Ingham for coming up with the idea and making it happen.

Over 100 artists donated works including past and present members and artists who have shown with the Group at recent Open Exhibitions. Invited artists included Glen Baxter, Eileen Cooper, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Robyn Denny, William Feaver, Maggi Hambling, Ian McKeever and the Kenneth Martin Estate.

Tickets for The Draw were £100 each with everyone guaranteed a work of art. The tickets were drawn out of a tin hat on the night and the first person drawn could choose from the whole exhibition. The next person drawn could chose from what was left and so on. Right down to the last few pieces.

The art works in The Draw

Photos of the event on Flickr

New logo and website

The London Group held a competition for a new logo design and it was won by Robin Rutherford of Macy Design. The logo will sit on top of the new website which will be launched in 2013 and will cover the exhibitions and events of the Centenary year.