Celebrating the centenary of the artist’s birth, this exhibition includes work created throughout his career, from landscapes of the British countryside to remarkable portraits.
A significant survey, John Minton: A Centenary goes beyond the artist’s achievements as an illustrator and teacher to explore lesser represented aspects of his practice, including works inspired by international travel to locations such as Corsica, Spain and Jamaica.
A contemporary of Michael Ayrton and Lucian Freud, Minton was a bohemian figure in London during the 1940s and 50s and taught at Camberwell School of Art and the Royal College of Art. Both through his work and his teaching, he proved highly influential on the next generation of figurative artists in Britain, although history has perhaps not remembered him as prominently as other names of his generation – which this exhibition should go some way towards correcting, also marking 60 years since his early death at just 39 years old.
Visitors can gain an in-depth look at many of Minton’s evocative landscapes, including his depictions of bomb-damaged London; his portraits of young men; illustrations and archive material; and late-career work that explores current events in the context of history painting. There is also the opportunity to see the nearly 12-foot wide painting Jamaican Village, which has not been on public show since 1951 when Minton gifted it to a friend.