John Bratby: Everything but the Kitchen Sink, including the Kitchen Sink
30 January – 17 April 2016
A crowd-sourced exhibition of works by the artist known as the 'enfant terrible' of the British art scene during the 1950s and 60s.
John Bratby was a prolific artist; it is believed he painted over 1,500 works before his death at 64. His widow recalls one session in which he made 55 pictures in 18 days.
Yet his particular brand of ‘kitchen sink realism’ – Bratby painted everyday objects such as sieves, spoons, rubbish bins and beer bottles, as well as devoting three works entirely to toilets – did not meet with critical claim. Many of his works were dispersed into private collections, most notably that of Paul McCartney, but largely members of the public who identified with his ordinary subject matter.
Hoping to unearth some of the ‘lost’ works that hang in homes around in the UK, the Jerwood Gallery hosted a ‘Bring a Bratby’ day at its site in Hastings in October 2015. An independent panel will be on hand to select a shortlist for this exhibition.
The public submissions will be augmented by personal letters, photographs and keepsakes from his studio, as well as recollections of the artist told by friends and neighbours.