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Art on show in Brighton & Hove and Sussex

Art Show: Graham Ruskin Read – Paintings and Drawings – a retrospective ** 23-31 July 2022 ** The Regency Town House, Hove

A retrospective exhibition of work from the archive of a thoughtful and prolific artist and inspiring teacher. Composed of beautifully observed studies of natural forms, still lives imbued with symbolism, and portraits, sometimes intense and troubling, others deeply personal. Also, large and arresting ‘narrative’ paintings and drawings, which have a theatricality about them. 

Abstract painting featuring a tree branch in blossom, a lump of ice, a patch of purple rain and and area of fire.
Fire and Ice, Graham Ruskin Read

Shown too, are beautiful notebooks, with many drawings, both from observation and from the imagination – occasionally with the preparatory studies for a composition, or a discussion of ideas.

The work reveals an artist with a profound understanding of visual language and a dedicated engagement in the practice of his art.

Abstract still life featuring a mannequin, sheep's head, vase and duck on a table, against a blue background
Untitled still life, Graham Ruskin Read;  photo, Calum Louis Adams

The subtitle for this exhibition might have been ‘Revelation’, for it is certainly the word which springs to mind when assembling and collating his archive – most of the pieces have been out of sight, forgotten in storage, or in various portfolio, and never fully valued or appreciated.

Black and white photo of five people working in an art studio
Graham Read (right) teaching at Croydon Art College, c.1970.

Here is an opportunity to celebrate the artist, Graham Read, to share the breadth of his work, and to give it the attention it justly deserves.

Graham Read, Paintings and Drawings
Saturday 23rd – Sunday 31st July,
ground and first floors (first floor not wheelchair accessible)
11:00am – 5:00pm, admission free

The Regency Town House

13 Brunswick Square
Brighton & Hove


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