Derbyshire Life - - Exhibitions -

The Djano­gly Gallery at Not­ting­ham Lake­side Arts is stag­ing a ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion un­til 10th Feb­ru­ary of the work of the Cam­den Town Group pain­ter Harold Gil­man (1876–1919).

This is the first ex­hi­bi­tion de­voted to the artist since an Arts Coun­cil ret­ro­spec­tive in 1981-82 and has been or­gan­ised to mark the cen­te­nary of his death: he suc­cumbed to the Span­ish Flu epi­demic the day af­ter his 43rd birth­day. As a stu­dent at the Slade School of Art, Gil­man was a con­tem­po­rary of artists Gwen and Au­gus­tus John, Wil­liam Or­pen and Wyn­d­ham Lewis and had emerged as one of the most dis­tin­guished and dis­tinc­tive Bri­tish painters of the early 20th cen­tury.

In the last decade of his life, his work de­vel­oped an in­tensely fo­cused style un­like that of his con­tem­po­raries, of­fer­ing a very dif­fer­ent view of ur­ban life in paint­ings that ex­plore peo­ple and their lives in Lon­don dur­ing the First World War

Well-known and much loved paint­ings from pub­lic col­lec­tions such as the Tate and the Bri­tish Coun­cil Col­lec­tion have been col­lated, as well as rarely ex­hib­ited works from pri­vate lenders. The cu­ra­tors, James Rawlin and Lara War­dle, aim to demon­strate the in­no­va­tion and pic­to­rial power of an artist who died pre­ma­turely at the height of his artis­tic pow­ers. Gil­man’s work will also fea­ture in a ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion at Tate Bri­tain next March.

A chair made by Alis­tair Far­son

Chatsworth by Peter Wat­son

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