John Wonnacott and John Lessore: The Life Room and the City
4 October 2014 – 4 January 2015
Exploring the work of two important British painters and the pieces they made in and around Norwich while they were teaching in the city during the early 1980s.
Wonnacott and Lessore were brought to Norwich in 1978 by the artist Edward Middleditch. He was heading up the city's School of Art and asked the duo to develop a new Life Room, where students could be trained to draw using the traditional skills of anatomy and perception.
The pair created two Life Rooms in the riverside studios, where they ran classes and also made their own work. This exhibition includes examples of the portraiture, anatomy studies, figure painting and Norwich cityscapes which they produced during this period, while also exploring different approaches to the way art is taught.