Current Exhibition
Artist & Music

13th June to 15th August 2015


The summer months in Henley and the surrounding area are filled with music and include the Henley Festival of Music, Glyndebourne and Garsington Opera and the Rewind Pop Festival. This has provided the catalyst for an exhibition which explores the influence of music on some of the leading artists of the 20th Century and with paintings and sculpture commissioned especially for this exhibition, there will be a huge diversity in artistic styles and musical influences.



John Piper, an artist whose work is part of the very fabric at Bohun Gallery (they are the only gallery to have religiously exhibited his work since the early 1970s which they continue to do to this day), spent much of his life surrounded by music. His success as a stage designer is well-known and this exhibition provides the rare opportunity to see his original model stage set for Benjamin Britten's 'Death in Venice' (not for sale), and is accompanied by the sought-after silkscreens of the same subject. Piper's demand as a theatre set designer is emphasised by the addition of a further painting, this time a stage set for Britten's 'Gloriana', which was commissioned by the Royal Opera to celebrate the 1953 Coronation.


The excitement, the tinge of exultation, in the dancing married to modern music and modern art which worked in my blood and bones as it did for many of my generation.
John Piper 'Designing for Britten', 1979


A change in his [John Piper's] palette in the early 1950s may relate to a change in his musical taste. Around this time he developed an obsession with the music of Rachmaninov. Rather hesitantley, he mentioned the composer's name to Britten "Ah, there's a great composer" came the reply, after which he never looked back and bought all the Rachmaninov records he could find.
Frances Spalding 'John Piper: Lives in Art'



Two of the artists most intrinsically linked with Bohun Gallery's long history (the gallery was established in 1973) Mary Fedden and Julian Trevelyan shared a great love of music which was an integral part of their long and happy relationship. They regularly invited groups of musicians to give recitals in the large sitting room at Durham Wharf, overlooking the river. The exhibition includes both an oil painting and an etching by Trevelyan depicting such occasions, with pianists and oboe players - possibly Julian himself. A still life by Fedden displays the preparations for a musical event with a violin and Mozart score atop a piano and a huge platter of fruit.



It was Julian who introduced her to opera. Glyndebourne in particular had become an integral and enjoyable part of her life, borne out in her work.
Christopher Andrae 'Mary Fedden: Themes and Variations' page 73



Benjamin Britten's influence on artists extends into the 21st Century in the form of new work by Maggi Hambling. The first National Gallery Artist in Residence (1980-81), Hambling has established a reputation over the last four decades as one of Britain's most significant and controversial painters and sculptors. Bohun Gallery is privileged to be the first gallery outside London to be exhibiting examples from her 'War Requiem II' and 'Walls of Water' suites which have recently been at Somerset House and the National Gallery respectively. They present a response to the profound and enduring power of Britten's music and the futility of war.


As a student I heard a recording of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem soon after its premiere at Coventry Cathedral in 1963. The piece's dynamic combination of strangeness, horror, lament, fear, strife, tenderness, chilling authority and grandeur was unlike anything I had previously experienced. The profound and enduring power of Britten's music is an important factor in my War Requiem.
Maggi Hambling


One of the most familiar links between art and music is that of the Pop Art Movement of the 1950s and 60s. The imagery was inextricably linked with the popular music of the day and many Pop Artists worked directly with musicians developing artwork for the album sleeves. Two of the greatest names linked with this British art movment feature in the show with sculpture by Allen Jones RA and silkscreens by Sir Peter Blake.

I wanted to make an art that was the equivalent of pop music. Sir Peter Blake


The Allen Jones retrospective at the Royal Academy's Burlington Gardens is like walking into a great party, full of like-minded souls dancing to the same music.
Huffington Post Review of the RA retrospective.


Eccentric artist, sculptor and founder of The Alternative Miss World, Andrew Logan, exhibits for the first time at Bohun Gallery with a be-jewelled and dazzling piece depicting Liberace as a colourful, strutting peacock.



Feliks Topolski believed his artistic urge, his mission in life, was to 'bear witness', and to chronicle the major political and social events and the iconic historical personalities that defined and fashioned the 20th Century. He spent many months throughout the 60's and 70's in America painting commissions, travelling the length and breadth of the country, constantly drawing. Bohun Gallery have a selection of images from this period including, amongst others, Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan and The Byrds. A drawing of Simon & Garfunkel (pictured) also acts as a historical document, having been saved from the fire which devastated the artist's studio in 1968.


Bohun Gallery has been a long-standing supporter of emerging artists and they will be showing etchings by the recent Threadneedle Prizewinner Tom Hammick. Rising Star, Hammick was recently selected as Artist in Residence for the English National Opera. This position led to a suite of etchings featuring The Rake's Progress and Cosi Fan Tutte, both of which are featured in the show.


The gallery has commissioned a number of its regular artists to respond to the title of Artists and Music resulting in a wide variety of paintings and sculptures drawing inspiration from a huge range of musical influences.


The relationship of the silence between one note and the next and the loudness of the next note in relation to the softness of the one before is very much like abstract art to me.
Terry Frost on Desert Island Discs, April 1998


Bert [Albert Irvin RA] had an extensive knowledge of classical music and often referred to its links to painting. one of my most memorable reflections and a typical example of Bert's wit, was the way he described the importance of music to painting, which for him was the realisation that it was possible to say what it felt like to be a human being without having to paint noses and feet.
In Memoriam, Basil Beattie RA, 2015


Painting and music are from the same bit of the soul, only the medium is different.
June Redfern


The Music Room' was a subject which dominated a large proportion of Ceri Richards' work during the 1940s. The images depict a female, alone and utterly absorbed in her music and unaware that she is being observed.
Mel Gooding





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John Piper

Death in Venice VII

Silkscreen, ed. of 70
31 x 27 ins



Marj Bond

Moonlight Sonata

Mixed media
18 x 17 ins



Peter Blake

Gettin' in over my head, 2010

Silkscreen, limited ed. of 250
18.5 x 19 ins



Andrew Logan

Piano Peacock


10 x 8.5 ins



Ceri Richards

Woman at Piano

Mixed media on paper
9 x 11.5 ins



Allen Jones

Little Prima Donna 7/8, 2003

Wood
14 (H) ins



Albert Irvin

Aubade, 2007

Acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 ins



Neil MacPherson

The Storyteller

Oil on canvas
14.5 x 17 ins



David Cowley

Mozart String Quartet K421 St Martin-in-the-Fields, 2011

Acrylic on paper
30 x 22.75 ins



Stanley Spencer

The Music Lesson: Study, c.1921

Pencil
5 x 4.5 ins



Feliks Topolski

Simon and Garfunkel

Mixed media on paper
15 x 13 ins



Patrick Barker

Up and Away

Limestone
18 x 10 ins



Feliks Topolski

Previn rehearses at St John's Smith Square, 1978

Mixed media on paper
20 x 16 ins



John Piper

Death in Venice III

Silkscreen, ed. of 70
31 x 27 ins



Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

Tango 13/70, 2003

Silkscreen
22½ x 22½ ins
Sold


David Remfry

Dancers: Study, 2001

Watercolour
20.25 x 13.25 ins



Peter Randall-Page

Themes & Variation I, 2008

Silver
5 x 8 ins



Maggi Hambling

War Requiem II: Victim XXXVIII, 2015

Oil on canvas
12 x 10 ins



Louis Turpin

The Music Garden

Oil on canvas
18 x 20 ins



Feliks Topolski

Simon and Garfunkel

Mixed media on paper
15 x 20 ins



Tom Hammick

The Rake's Progress, 2010

Etching & chine colle
23.5 x 15.7 ins



Ceri Richards

Woman at Piano

Mixed media on paper
9 x 11.5 ins



John Piper

Facade , 1987

Silkscreen
17.75 x 23 ins



John Piper

Death in Venice: Side Panel Right, 1973

Silkscreen
30 x 27 ins



June Redfern

Soave sia il Vento

Oil on linen canvas
18 x 24 ins



Ceri Richards

Woman at Piano

Mixed media on paper
11.5 x 9 ins



John Brown

Break Dance 1/12

Cold cast bronze, ed. of 12
27 (H) ins



Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

Sea Music, 1988

Pen, ink & oil on card
7¾ x 10¼ ins



John Piper

Gloriana, Act I, Scene 1, c.1952

Ink & wash
9.25 x 16 ins



Peter Blake

Boogie Woogie, 2009

Silkscreen, limited ed. of 250
19 x 19 ins



Martin Cook

If Music be the Food of Love

Welsh Slate
12 (W) ins



Maggi Hambling

War Requiem II: Battle Field, 2014

Oil on canvas
11¾ x 31½ ins



Maggi Hambling

War Requiem II: Victim XLV, 2015

Oil on canvas
12 x 10 ins



David Cowley

Study for John McCabe's Symphony No. 7 (Labyrinth) St John's Smith Square III, 2010

Acrylic on paper
10 x 7 ins



Patrick Barker

Fly Me to the Moon

Richemonte Stone
18.11 x 7.09 ins



Marj Bond

If Music be the Food of Love ...

Mixed media
8 x 8 ins



Dale Devereux-Barker

Bensley: Piano Teacher

Vitreous Enamel
10 x 6 ins



Clare Bigger

I Am Human

Stainless steel
24 (H) ins



Eric Rimmington

Les Horizons Chimeriques, 2002

Oil on linen canvas
12 x 36 ins



David Cowley

Study for John McCabe's Symphony No. 7 (Labyrinth) St John's Smith Square II, 2010

Acrylic on paper
10 x 7 ins



John Piper

Death in Venice II

Silkscreen
31 x 27 ins



June Redfern

Salute Vivaldi

Oil on linen canvas
24 x 18 ins



Clare Bigger

Take Me to the Church ...

Stainless steel
28.5 (H) ins



Martin Cook

Doe Ray Me

Welsh Slate
20 x 5.5 ins



Tom Hammick

Cosi, 2010

Etching & chine colle
24 x 16 ins



Julian Trevelyan

Water Music P/P, 1984

Etching & aquatint (Studio Stamp)
13¾ x 18¾ ins



John Brown

Pase Doble

Ancaster limestone
14 (H) ins



David Cowley

Study for John McCabe's Symphony No. 7 (Labyrinth) St John's Smith Square I, 2010

Acrylic on paper
10 x 7 ins



Clare Bigger

Duet II

Stainless steel
30 x 27.5 ins



Josef Herman

The Song of the Earth, 1996

Lithograph
8.25 x 5.5 ins



David Cowley

Study for John McCabe's Symphony No. 7 (Labyrinth) St John's Smith Square IV, 2010

Acrylic on paper
10 x 7 ins



Dale Devereux-Barker

The State I'm In

Vitreous Enamel
14 x 10 ins



Peter Blake

Some of the Sources of Pop Art VII 106/175, 2009

Silkscreen, limited ed. of 175
32 x 32 ins



Julian Trevelyan

Gloriana, c1953

Mixed media
9½ x 40 ins



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