The infamous International Surrealist Exhibition of 1936 attracted over a thousand visitors per day and is widely viewed as the dawn of British Surrealism – a movement that continues to influence and inspire British artists to this day. This exhibition of important British Surrealist paintings at Falmouth Art Gallery shows how a range of artists from this period responded to Surrealist ideas.
Featuring work by leading Surrealist artists including Eileen Agar, Paul Nash, Roland Penrose, Ceri Richards, Ithell Colquoun and John Tunnard, ‘British Surrealists’ explores their fascination with this alternative world of the imagination. Their work remains as fresh and challenging today as when it was first exhibited, offering an alternative perspective to the world around us, from vivid dreamscapes to representations of the subconscious mind.
‘British Surrealists’ will also highlight the legacy that Surrealism has had in the present day and how it has continued to influence artists working in Cornwall such as Jonathan X. Coudrille and Dave Cooper. The exhibition is accompanied by a free talk by exhibition curator Tim Craven, of Southampton City Art Gallery, on Wednesday 12 September at 3pm at Falmouth Art Gallery.
Showing alongside ‘British Surrealists’ is ‘Plastic Botany’ by sculptor David Kemp. Best known for his witty and inventive sculptures made from scrap metal and industrial detritus, David Kemp’s new work consists of larger-than-life plastic plant forms made from a surprising and colourful mix of recycled materials.
‘British Surrealists’ opens on Saturday 15 September at Falmouth Art Gallery. The gallery is open Monday to Saturday 10 am – 5 pm including bank holidays. Admission is FREE. For information about talks and events, please call the gallery on 01326 313863.
For more information about the exhibition please contact Louise Connell on 01326 313 863 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Falmouth Art Gallery
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‘The Last Voyage of Captain Cook’ 1936-67 by Sir Roland Penrose 1900-1984