50 YEARS ON
John Hitchens, Margaret Lovell and Peter Thursby
18th October to 9th November 2014
The Art Room was an award winning gallery occupying the ground floor of a converted boat shed on the picturesque river exe at Topsham. The Art Room has gained a reputation for beautifully presented exhibitions of work by leading British artists.
Fifty Years On was the final exhibition of 2014 and an important landmark in the gallery’s programme. It celebrates the work of three eminent artists who originally showed together in 1964, when the visionary London art dealer Marjorie Parr first recognised their early talent. Over the intervening decades John Hitchens, Margaret Lovell and the late Peter Thursby have all achieved national and international recognition for their distinctive and imaginative work.
John Hitchens is a renowned landscape painter; he studied at Bath Academy of Art and has exhibited widely in London and the UK. Over the years John’s practice has developed from atmospheric paintings working directly in nature to studio based abstracts. He is currently producing large scale paintings and sculptures inspired by the furrowed agricultural landscape that surrounds his home in Sussex.
Margaret Lovell lives and works in Bristol, she is an award-winning sculptor, a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Leicester for her distinguished contribution to sculpture. Following her training at the Slade and at the Academy of Fine Art in Florence, she has carried out numerous commissions and exhibited across the UK, Europe and the USA. Her works are largely in bronze and vary in size from miniature to monumental. They range from lifelike portraits to sculptures that express natural forms and soaring movement.
Peter Thursby was a celebrated sculptor and educator who lived in Exeter. He was President of the RWA, Bristol and was a winner of the RBS Silver Medal. Peter’s sculptures ranged in scale from the architectural and monumental to small pieces for the domestic interior. He worked with a range of materials and this exhibition features pieces in cast aluminium, bronze and steel, together with a number of his sculptural drawings.