PETER STILWELL

SPRINGTIME – HEREFORDSHIRE
2020

– In Memory of Alister –

Tom suggested that a few words from me about the content and context of this exhibition might be helpful, given the abnormal circumstances in which it was created. Broadly speaking, all the work was done between the beginning and end of the first lockdown last year and is presented here in chronological order. Lockdown did in fact have its advantages – fewer distractions, fewer interruptions or gaps, and this may have resulted in greater coherence. Working in series tends to encourage that anyway, and it has generally been my preferred method: one image naturally suggests another similar, or even quite different version, or an idea from a completed picture can prompt a mini-sequence within the series as a whole. Here, for instance, the ‘elegy’ group (e.g. Nos. 23, 25) probably evolved from the realisation that distant swallows on telegraph wires resembled the page of a musical score. The titles, as usual, are mainly a means of identifying individual pictures, though a few contain topical allusions which fix the series to a certain period last year (e.g. Blue Lagoon (No.2) after a local council had decided to dissuade bathers by dyeing a popular lake black, or The Last King of Wales (Nos. 35, 36) when the demise of the country’s only resident golden eagle, actually seen alive and photographed by some of my family shortly before, was reported in the papers).

            While, unsurprisingly, some of the images may appear rather sombre, I wanted them also to be a celebration of spring and convey a sense of the joy and hope that comes with its promise of renewal. I do hope that all viewers/visitors to the show will find there something which is enjoyable and uplifting.

‘In Memory of Alister’. Alister Warman, who was my brother-in-law, died from cancer at the end of May last year. He was a lifelong friend and companion, and we shared many interests, among them art and bird-watching. He had a highly distinguished career with the Arts Council, and became the first Director of the Serpentine Gallery and last Principal of the Byam Shaw School of Art. With typical modesty he would refer to his role as ‘working with artists’, and indeed many younger ones, some prominent figures today, will remain grateful for his sensitive encouragement, loyalty and real support. I am no exception, and surely he would have been present, as he always was, at the Private View for this show, had it been possible. Alister was much loved, and will always be much missed by all his family and by his many friends and admirers. It is, then, for many reasons that I very much wanted to dedicate this exhibition to him.

Peter Stilwell


A NOTE ON BUYING FROM THIS EXHIBITION

In ‘Normal Times’ this Exhibition would have been accompanied by the Private View it deserves, and those of you in attendance given priority in making purchases. That, of course, cannot be. The pictures are all on view at the gallery in Museum St and we encourage those of you who can visit to do so. But we appreciate that this will be enjoyed by many as an online event. In light of this, from

5pm on WEDNESDAY 12th MAY
we will treat email enquiries in strict order of receipt.

We are more than happy to reserve works for a day or two so that plans can be made to come in, or to give those of you who can’t get into London the time to consider. More images can easily be sent, and, if you can bear it, video calls arranged …

FRAMING

Eight works in the Exhibition are sold framed (Nos. 5, 7, 9, 15, 17, 20, 21 and 23). The rest are sold mounted. Frames can easily be made to closely match the artist’s examples.
Framing is £75 – £100 (+vat), depending on size.

POSTAGE

Mounted and small framed pieces can be sent to UK addresses with DHL for £40+vat. Framed larger works can be delivered to inland UK addresses by specialist art handler for £80+vat.
We can quote for international shipping.

Mixed Media: All the Pictures in the exhibition are mixed media, containing some or all of the following: ink, charcoal, coloured chalks, oils, zest dilutant, oilbar (including gold), acryic pen.