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