A broad sweep of an artist’s life from 50’s to present day.
29th April to 2nd May 2017
45 Preston Street, Exeter, EX1 1DF
Open 10.30-4.30pm each day
This exhibition contains ideas and developments acquired over five decades. It starts with early work from the late ’50s when Margaret was a student at Liverpool College of Art and when the City of Liverpool was a cultural force for change. She worked alongside a number of artistic luminaries such as John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe (the fifth Beatle) and many other artists, musicians, poets and playwrights .
Words and their meanings has always fascinated Margaret and one of her first exhibitions was based on the book Alice in Wonderland, where wordplay was so inventive. Another series which features in the exhibition is based around the Berlin Wall; ideas which have elements of history and mythology.
Central to the entire exhibition is a series of paintings on the concept of flight and early airplanes through the central character of Amy Johnson the aviatrix. This series concentrates on the outward bound flight she completed in 1930 from England to Australia which made her into one of the world’s first celebrities. Margaret has never exhibited this series in its entirety, although the larger part was shown in the Salar Gallery, Hatherleigh and also in Rennes.
Technically the paintings vary enormously over the years offering the opportunity to compare and contrast styles and influences, the connecting thread between it all is the human figure.
May 7th to 21st 2017
Town Mill, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3PU
Open 10.30 – 4.30 pm each day
Curated by Deborah Wood, The Art Room
Robert Organ was born in Somerset in 1933. He studied at the West of England College of Art, Bristol and the Slade School of Fine Art in London where in ‘54 he became a Slade Scholar. It was here, under the tutelage of George Sweet and Claude Rogers that Roberts’ natural talent as a draughtsman and painter were honed.
In 1957 he moved to Cornwall and taught painting and drawing at Falmouth School of Art alongside his old Slade friend, Francis Hewlett. Together with Michael Finn they developed Falmouth into a major art school with a national reputation for excellence that attracted many illustrious teachers.
Robert left the School of Art in 1973 and pursued a parallel career in architecture, working firstly with his brother Tim Organ as ‘Artist and Constructor’. Their expressive forms and daring designs marked them as leading contemporary architects and their work received much attention in books and articles. Later he formed ‘Architecton’ with Colin Harvey and Paul Richold.
During this period he was tutor at the Architectural Association in London; in the department of architecture at Bristol University; Cambridge University and visiting lecturer at the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. As his reputation grew he was invited to make a number of films for the BBC which were transmitted under the ‘Open Door’ and ‘Outlook’ series.
After several years, because of difficulties with planning, Robert gave up designing buildings’ and turned his attention to painting full-time. In 1978 he became artist in residence at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter who hold a number of significant large paintings in their permanent collection. Over the next few decades he had many solo shows in notable galleries such as Beaux Arts in Bath, Newlyn Orion in Cornwall and a particularly long standing relationship with Browse & Darby, Cork Street, London.
At 84, Robert is still painting, continuing his life-long pursuit of looking and painting subjects that interest him. He is particularly interested in people, human expression and behaviour, and is one of the few artists working today who have the skills to transfer these nuances into paint. He is also a master of the still-life arrangement and has produced magnificent large painting of round tables bursting with objects and food of all descriptions.
In this exhibition we see Robert’s love of nature, superbly rendered new paintings of golden carp, verdant gardens and his beloved French landscape.