Alfred Wallis & Ben Nicholson

Yesterday’s Black Bough day trip consisted of a visit to Compton Verney in Warwickshire to see their Alfred Wallis and Ben Nicholson show. It’s a gem of an exhibition; tight, considerate and direct. The currency of Wallis’s work at the time was the interesting part for me; that his paintings were passed between other artists and, as in the Winifred Nicholson painting below, used as a prop. You just have to hope that he wasn’t exploited by this patronage.

It all made me want to visit Jim Ede’s house at Kettle’s Yard again, and also to see Wallis’s grave in St Ives with its Bernard Leach tiles.


Leave a comment

Filed under Art, Craft

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s