Alfred Munnings: War Artist 1918

One of Britain’s most celebrated equine artists, Alfred Munnings will have a collection of 40 original paintings from his time with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during WW1 on display at the National Army Museum. On show from 30 November – 3 March 2019, this will be the first time the paintings have been displayed together in England in more than 100 years.

Munnings was the official war artist commissioned by the Canadian War Memorials Fund. His impressionist paintings cover equine subjects, portraiture and pastoral landscapes providing an insight into the men of the Canadian Cavalry Brigade and Canadian Forestry Corps. Famed for his equine pantings, these pieces highlight the role of horses in military operations; capturing their beauty in the war affected landscapes of France 1918.

Tickets are £6 (concession applies) and can be booked in advance here.

Throughout the exhibition there will be a number of talks, workshops and other ways to learn more about Munnings and his work.

  • Munnings Mural Workshop, 1 December (free): Be inspired by the exhibition and add to the museum’s mural in this family workshop. Learn about the life and career as well as help build up the mural based on his work. Sessions run from 10.30am-1pm and 2-4.30pm.
  • Alfred Munnings Talk, 14 December at 11.30am (free, booking recommended): Senior Researcher Curator Emma Mawdsley looks at the first exhibition of Alfred Munnings held at the Royal Academy, London, since 1919. She will discuss the history of the first 44 paintings displayed and how this exhibition was a turning point in his career
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David Grossmann Exhibition: Haven

David Grossmann is an American artist. In his first UK solo show, he displays a selection of distinctly recognisable landscapes – a quiet world in which deer and woodland bids calmly across our field of vision, seemingly undisturbed by the artist or the viewer.

During his formative years, he developed a profound love of nature and an appreciation of the extreme beauty of his surroundings. This appreciation was amplified by his experience of growing up between two very diverse cultures; Chilean and American, and two languages which led him to seek solace in nature and expression through visual language of art.

The evocative landscapes on show depict forests and mountains, lakes and pastureland. His style leans towards abstraction but the meditative process in which these pieces are created, the scenes are transformed into an expression of emotion.

More information can be found here.

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Ron Kingswood: An Uncommon Road

Canadian painter, Ron Kingswood will be returning to the gallery in May for his third solo exhibition there. Kingswood has a pure love for nature and in his artwork he tries to convey they extraordinary power and beauty of colour that he sees. His approach is highly subjective and his compositions are  inventive making for an exciting and beautiful exhibition.

In this exhibition he blends abstraction and realism to illustrate his fruitful study of European and American art, from Impressionism to the present day, to challenge common conceptions of wildlife art. His illustrations include still snow-filled horizons, the migration of birds across a sunlit marsh and other beautiful scenes which perfectly capture the fragile beauty of nature.

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Darren Baker Exhibition

One of the UK’s most collectable artists is coming to 508 Gallery from 22-31 March.

The acclaimed, Darren Baker, has painted Prime Ministers, Royals and the sporting elite; from the Queen, Prince Charles to Tony Blair and Wayne Rooney to Lewis Hamilton. His works grace many private and public collections including St James’ Palace, 10 Downing Street and the Bahrain Royal Household.

This exhibition will showcase his inspiring painting style and the work he has produced since his call to fame; expect figurative work, portraiture, still life, cityscapes and animal portraiture. His oil paintings and charcoals have lead to his acknowledgment as one of the leading classical realm genre painters and his style displays an influence of Dutch masters and contemporary realist school. This exhibition is only available for a week and is one not to miss.

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