Alan Sorrell – A New Biography

Alan Sorrell : The Man who created Roman Britain

A new biography by Julia Sorrell & Mark Sorrell


Portrait of Alan Sorrell by Elizabeth Sorrell

Julia Sorrell describes her thoughts on the writing of a new biography about her father Alan Sorrell.

‘Back in 2015 I settled down to write my section of a new biography on my father Alan Sorrell, whilst my brother Mark would write his section, paying particular attention to our father’s contribution to archaeology. He went into detail about my father’s method of approach and his working relationship with leading archaeologists of the day, whilst I concentrated on his life both artistically and emotionally. The book was commissioned by Oxbow books and funded by Marc Fitch Fund and Historic Environment Scotland. Realising I was shortly going to Orkney to create an exhibition of work, there seemed little time to give justice to both projects. Therefore I concentrated on collating all my father’s writings and correspondence being, on the one hand, very careful not to cross into Mark’s territory, yet trying to give a written portrait of this artist who reputedly has more works in British public collections than any other 20th century artist. As Gavin Stamp remarked in ‘Apollo’ in January 2014: ‘. . . no artist has done more visually to educate the (British) public about past civilisations than Alan Sorrell,’ adding that, in the Sir. John Soane exhibition, Alan ‘emerges here as a neo-Romantic artist of great charm and skill, a worthy contemporary of Eric Ravillious and Edward Bawden.’

Hadrian’s Wall.
Never having written a book before, I would lie awake considering how to tackle it. And, as so often happens, one’s brain is lucid for the insomniac at night – for others their Archimedes crowning moment can be in a bath. Of course, if I read all relevant material and copied and pasted quotes in differing font colours for varying headings e.g. emotional, work etc., then my research would be easier. I thought this discovery so original and felt really pleased. Later, however, when seated next to an academic historian at a dinner in Cambridge, and feeling a bit at a loss what to say, I confided in him my brainwave. His reaction was wonderful. He looked at me and roared with laughter and said: ‘That is how many of us academics do their research today.’ ‘Oh’ I limply replied. Mind you, the ice had been broken, and I acknowledged there is no such thing as originality! For those wishing to know more about the contents broached in the biography, I have included a link to my blog and if I have whetted your appetites still further I am delighted to say that the book will be on sale in the Mall Galleries shop and if you do buy it, I hope above all you will relish the diversity and quality of this fascinating man’s work, of which there are many examples illustrated. Of course I am biased, but nevertheless I believe he deserves a place in the art history books. For me, the writing of it was my small way of saying ‘thank you’ to my father. If you wish to ask me in person, or email me at julia@juliasorrell.com any questions, I should be delighted to answer them.
https://www.oxbowbooks.com/oxbow/blog/2018/01/11/alan-sorrell-man-created-roman-britain/

Stonehenge


Myton School Mural


The Planting of the Trees

 

 

 

 

Best of British M1 Gallery Greenwich

RBA exhibition at the M1 Gallery Greenwich opened on Friday 2nd February.

During a time of national uncertainty, this exhibition focuses on all the wonderful positives that Britain has to offer the art world today.

Nick Tidnam President of the RBA was interviewed at the gallery by London Live TV. This was to promote the RBA exhibition “The Best of British”. To view interview: http://www.londonlive.co.uk/news/2018-02-02/the-best-of-british-exhibition 

This is truly the cream of the cream showing off their very best works so that visitors will be able to enjoy a varied selection of art, sure to catch the interest of all. Enjoy oil paintings, watercolours, pastels,sculpture and printwork from some of the most respected artists working in Britain today.

The exhibition runs from 3rd February – 1st March 2018.

The Minster Gallery: Selected Members Exhibition

Located in the heart of Winchester, Hampshire, facing the Cathedral, The Minster Gallery shows figurative and abstract paintings and sculpture by contemporary British and international artists. As well as a continuously changing display of work by its core artists, the Gallery organises periodic one-man shows, group exhibitions and exhibitions on specific themes. Art in the heart of Winchester!

Private View Friday 23 February 2018 from noon until 3pm and from 6pm until 8.30pm
The Exhibition continues until 23 March 2018 and can be viewed online at www.minstergallery.com
3A Great Minster Street • Winchester • Hampshire SO23 9HA +44 (0) 1962 877 601 • info@minstergallery.com • www.minstergallery.com

The Minster Gallery is delighted to present paintings by the following Members of the Royal Society of British Artists:

MALCOLM ASHMAN RBA ROI RWA
SUSAN BOWER RBA ROI
PETER BROWN NEAC RP Hon.RBA PS ROI
STEPHEN BROWN RBA
SUE CAMPION RBA
FRED CUMING RA NEAC Hon.RBA ROI
MICK DAVIES VPRBA
MEG DUTTON RBA RE
DAVID EUSTACE RBA RSBA
LEWIS HAZELWOOD-HORNER RBA
KEN HOWARD OBE RA PPNEAC Hon.RBA RBSA ROI RWA
JILL LEMAN PRWS RBA
MARTIN LEMAN RBA RWS
ANDREW MARR Hon.RBA
SHANTI PANCHAL Hon.RBA
JOHN SPRAKES RBA ROI
NICK TIDNAM PRBA NEAC
NICHOLAS VERRALL RBA ROI
JOHN C. WILKINSON Sen.RBA
ANTHONY YATES RBA RBSA

Founded in 1823, the Society of British Artists brought together many of the most famous artists of the time. In 1887, under the leadership of James McNeill Whistler, it was granted ‘Royal’ status by Queen Victoria. In the following years, many prominent artists joined, including Walter Sickert, Philip de Laszlo, LS Lowry and Henry Moore.  Among the honorary members were Claude Monet and Alfred Stevens.  Today, honorary members include Royal Academicians such as Ken Howard and Fred Cuming.

The Royal Society of British Artists has become the largest society in the United Kingdom to promote figurative art which, as described by the art critic,  Anthony Lester, “continues to maintain its prestige and excellence for artists and art lovers alike”. In this Exhibition, The Minster Gallery is pleased to highlight the talent as well as the diversity of styles and subjects explored by Members of the RBA.

In addition to professional artists, the RBA recognises individuals who have achieved a high degree of respect and recognition for their artistic work. Distinguished amongst them is the writer and broadcaster,  Andrew Marr.  In his recent book, “A Short Book About Painting”,  Andrew Marr eloquently explains the importance of painting: “Painting is a system of communication with only one message, the sensation of being alive more intensely than normal. (…) For mysteriously, the thought and passion and work that goes into an oil painting can be caught on its dried surface – and then released, time and time again, as energy to the viewer”.