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RECENT REVIEWS 'Artists & Music' Summer 2015

'Financial Times' Critics Choice, Jackie Wullschlager, 20 June 2015
How music influenced modern British painters including Stanley Spencer, Ceri Richards, Terry Frost, Peter Blake ('I wanted to make an art that was the visual equivalent of pop music'), Allen Jones, Julian Trevelyan. Highlights are models and silkscreens of the marvellous sets which John Piper created in 1973 for Benjamin Britten's 'Death in Venice'; Britten remains the inspiration for the show's most recent work, Maggi Hambling's 'War Requiem II: Battle Field'.


'Galleries Magazine' Nicholas Usherwood, June 2015
Given that most of the music I have loved and valued over the years has come through friendships with artists, the idea of an exhbition celebrating the importance it plays as both subject and inspiration for artists themselves, as currently on show at the Bohun Gallery, seems to me itslf quite inspired.

Taking place in an area alive with music in the summer - the Henley Festival of Music, Rewind and Garsington Opera among others - the timing is immaculate too. Meanwhile the contents, ranging from John Piper's original working model for the 1973 version of Britten's 'Death in Venice' and a series of Ceri Richard's drawings from his 'The Music Room' series of the 1940s via Peter Blake and Allen Jones's Pop inspired works of the 1970s, right up to pieces by current English National Opera Artist in Residence, Tom Hammick, cover a huge range of musical/ artistic enthusiasms.

Hambling, Trevelyan, Fedden and even Alternative Miss World impresario Andrew Logan are in there too - a wonderfully eclectic and entertaining mix and full of creative insights.

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