Osborne Samuel - Modern and Contemporary Art - Newsletter, August 2014

The gallery is open throughout the summer, as we recover from the great success of the Lynn Chadwick exhibition and the Masterpiece show. We are hanging a selection from our recent acquisitions, including new work by photographer Justin Partyka which will feature in a BBC documentary later this year. If you are near Lymington in Hampshire do visit the St Barbe Museum where we have organised an important exhibition of the linocuts of the Grosvenor School.

Our first show this Autumn is the long awaited retrospective of the work of photographer David Farrell, September 1st to 20th, we will also be showing as usual at Art 20/21, September 10th to 14th.


Then on September 25th we open the major exhibition of the prints of CWR Nevinson, to accompany the new catalogue raisonnne. The show runs from September 25th to October 18th. We will then have our annual Modern British exhibition, October 23rd to November 15th, featuring this year some new discoveries, important works for sale from private collections. We will complete the year with a major exhibition of 20th century photography, in partnership with Beetles Huxley gallery. This promises to be a very exciting show with many of the most iconic images of the last 100 years. And once again we will be exhibiting at the IFPDA print fair in New York, November 5th to 9th and Art Miami, December 2nd to 7th. So a busy season ahead!

Linocuts at St Barbe Museum - Lymington
Linocuts at St Barbe Museum - Lymington 26th July - 20th September
Justin Partyka

Forthcoming Exhibitions
David Farrell

Born in London, Farrell studied at Dulwich College and later trained at the Royal Academy of
Music. Following a period of active service with the RAF during WW2, in 1946 he moved to
Gloucestershire, where he became a central figure in a circle of intellectuals and artists
including Lynn Chadwick, Jacob Bronowski and Peter Nichols.

Abandoning his ambitions to become a solo violinist due to growing family responsibilities,
Farrell turned to photography, securing a significant commission from the British Council to
photograph a series of well-known artists including Henry Moore, Eduardo Paolozzi and
Barbara Hepworth. These portraits established his reputation and attracted regular
commissions for newspapers and magazines, and in 1955 he received his first music
assignment to photograph Yehudi Menuhin and Sir Thomas Beecham at the Bath Festival.

Over the next 30 years Farrell made numerous
portraits of musicians and performers in informal
situations, preferring to photograph them at home
or in the studio rather than in public performance.
His approach proved popular with his sitters; Paul
Scofield described him as the one photographer
“who never intruded”. John Gielgud, on seeing his
portrait, asked “David, where were you? I didn’t
know you were there!’. Menuhin claimed that
Farrell created the visual equivalent of his own
musical achievements.

Expanding his portfolio through commissions from
London Weekend Television and Thames TV,
Farrell went on to photograph most of the pop
stars of the period, including early performances
by the Beatles, Cilla Black and Tom Jones. In the
1960s and 1970s he turned to theatre and film
with an invitation to photograph the production of
Peter Hall’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1968)
starring Diana Rigg and Helen Mirren, and over
subsequent years he worked on more than 100
films and TV dramas alongside directors including
Michael Winner and Ken Loach.

Upon his death aged 93, Farrell left an extensive
archive of images which together form a
fascinating “hall of fame” of the 20th century’s
best-known stars of stage, screen and soundtrack.
Osborne Samuel is delighted to be celebrating and
commemorating his extraordinary legacy with this
important exhibition of highlights drawn from
across his remarkable five decade career.

For more information or a copy of the catalogue
please contact Tania Sutton:


CRW Nevinson

Directors Choice

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