Wolfson Fine Arts organises a series of temporary exhibitions in College, which are open to the general public when the rooms are not otherwise in use by the College. Please call 01223 335900 in advance of your visit to avoid disappointment.
The Wolfson collection of oil paintings can be found on the ArtUK website.
Please note, the current exhibitions will be closed on the 17 September.
27 May to 24 September 2017
Saturdays and Sundays 3-5pm
Dining Hall and Gallery
Richard Sorrell (b.1948) is a painter of invented figurative pictures or, put more simply: ‘people doing things’. He works in oil, acrylic and watercolour. His career started as a predominantly landscape, portrait and still-life painter – by instinct a draughtsman, and interested in the appearance of things, particularly plants and animals – an objective painter. His subjective painting – the invented compositions – was a smaller part of his work at this time, but the inventions have come to greater prominence since the 1990s.
Richard joined us for a special event to mark the opening of this exhibition when he gave an interesting perspective on how his work has evolved to an invited audience.
An introduction to Richard Sorrell by Anthony Green RA
Richard Sorrell is a singular artist. Long before we met I had admired his painterly touch, clear use of colour and gentle sense of humour. Which artists inspired him as he developed his skills? He probably looked hard at Vuillard and Bonnard; then so did Matisse. All three terrific colourists.
Sorrell handles ‘mood’ very well. Dark passages in his paintings remain colours – sludge he never does! Pale colours twinkle and are never chalky. English wit carries his narrative along. His girls’ pale legs, ankles and high heeled shoes are so well drawn. We instantly recognise his people. Sooner or later you will meet one of his people. Probing with your metal detector, kissing your companion, proffering your girlfriend a chocolate truffle or managing the sweet trolley – he has seen you; you may be in his next picture.
I hope he makes me a Sorrell person.
PS Oh! He has painted very tall trees, mobile phones and a beautiful bridge!
Read more at richardsorrell.co.uk
Image: Bridge, 200 x 150cm, oil
A Woman’s Skin: Eileen Cooper RA
6 May to 24 September 2017
Saturdays and Sundays 3-5pm
A selection of paintings, collages and bronzes, including works specially made for the exhibition, by Eileen Cooper OBE RA, Keeper of the Royal Academy Schools.
Eileen Cooper was trained at Goldsmiths College and the Royal College of Art. Her works can be found in museums, galleries and private collections from Birmingham and Manchester to Nuremberg and New Haven.
Cooper became a Royal Academician in 2000 and in 2010 was elected Keeper of the Royal Academy of Arts, the first woman to hold the post since the Academy's foundation in 1768. As Keeper she is responsible for guiding the next generation of artists admitted to the Royal Academy Schools, the oldest established art school in Britain.
A catalogue is available to buy from the Porters' Lodge.
Perpetual Spring, 2016, 122 x 152 cm, oil on canvas
New Hall Art Collection, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge