Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship
27 May – 17 September 2017
A showcase of work by Eric Ravilious and the other British artists and designers he was inspired by or who he collaborated with.
Eric Ravilious was renowned for his ability to capture the beauty of rural Britain, be it in watercolour, engraving or textile. To mark the the 75th anniversary of his tragic death in Iceland in 1942 (where he was working as a war artist), Towner hosts an exhibition exploring not just his own output, but also the interrelated work of his friends and peers. Among those featured are Paul and John Nash, Barnett Freedman and Tirzah Garwood.
This group were responsible for shaping British Modern art. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to their practice, they worked across painting, illustration, design, typography and ceramics (to name a few). While they first met at the Royal College of Art, it wasn't until later that they formed their influential creative hub in Sussex.
Bringing together over 400 works, this exhibition reveals how these artists encouraged and influenced one another. The group was keen to experiment with new forms of production – such as lithogrpahy – while utilitarian necessities meant that many of the artists also worked on commercial design commissions for clients such as the BBC, London Transport and Wedgwood.
A recreation of a 1930s shop is filled with an enormous selection of books, cover designs and illustrations created by Ravilious, Freedman and the Nash brothers, as well as those who inspired them.