Raising flag for figurative art

The Moon and Sixpence by William Selby RWS, RSW, ROI, NEAC, RBA, mixed media, 21 x 17 in.

The Moon and Sixpence by William Selby RWS, RSW, ROI, NEAC, RBA, mixed media, 21 x 17 in.

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WALKER Galleries’s new exhibition will feature paintings by several members of the New English Art Club.

The exhibition, at the gallery on Montpellier Parade in Harrogate will run from September 10 to 17.

The show will include the following artists:

Michael Cooper NEAC.

Michael Fairclough, NEAC.

Mary Jackson, RWS, NEAC.

Pamela Kay, ARCA, RWS, RBA, NEAC.

Anthony Morris, RP, NEAC.

William Selby, RWS, RSW, ROI, RBA, NEAC.

Jenny Wheatley, RWS, NEAC.

The New English Art Club was founded in 1885 by a radical young group of artists.

These artists, many of whom had studied and worked in Paris, were dissatisfied with the highly academic approach of the Royal Academy under Sir Frederick, later Lord Leighton.

Their answer was to mount a rival exhibition that would celebrate the latest and most vibrant concepts of figurative painting.

The club steadily grew in importance through the mid-20th century, attracting major artists such as Walter Sickert, Augustus John, Philip Wilson Steer, Paul Nash, Stanley Spencer and Duncan Grant to exhibit in their exhibitions.

Today The New English Art Club remains a bastion of figurative painting, but figurative in the broadest sense of the word.

Its members share in the belief that painting remains an incredibly potent means for responding to the world, and that it is as significant today as it ever was.

l More information at 01423 526366, email walkercontemp@aol.com or visit www.walkergalleries.com