Art of John Craxton
| Art Fund
Tuesday 21 February 2012 - 18:30 until 20:00
Painter, draughtsman and ballet designer John Craxton (1922-2009) depicted pleasure and lived it too.
After gaining early fame as a shining light of wartime Neo-Romanticism, he sought inspiration abroad, and eventually settled permanently in Crete.
His art developed in singular style, with influences ranging from William Blake and Samuel Palmer to Picasso, Miro and Byzantine mosaics. For over 50 years he created superb book jackets for Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor, one of his many brilliant friends.
Biographer Ian Collins will talk about Craxton's art and life, and some of the artist's entertaining letters will be read by actor David Holt.