An exhibition held in Arundel to celebrate the delay to the Arundel Bypass,
and the Wishart family of artists
The Wishart family of artists is a fascinating nexus of talent spreading out from the tiny village of Binsted and harking back to its beautiful woods and countryside.
The exhibition held at the Victoria Institute, Tarrant Street Arundel, 2 to 9 June 2023, included works by the Wishart family and also by other artists who have depicted Binsted, including Ralph Ellis, David Barber and Richard G. Evans, and artists who live and work here.
Some pictures of the exhibition can be seen by clicking here.
VIDEO TALK BY EXHIBITION CURATOR DR EMMA TRISTRAM TO BE INSERTED HERE
Lorna Wishart (1911-2000) inspired Laurie Lee and Lucien Freud in the 1930s and 40s, but her own art is little known. Work by her can be seen on https://www.binsted.org/wishartists.
Her son Michael Wishart was a well-established painter with many one-man exhibitions at the Leicester Galleries, the Redfern Gallery and the Mayor Gallery. His artistic circle of friends included Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Graham Sutherland, David Hockney and Patrick Procter. Links to his work can be found on https://artuk.org/discover/artists/wishart-john-michael-19281996.
The art of Lorna’s daughter Yasmin David (1939-2009) was little known until a recent exhibition at the New Art Gallery, Walsall. ‘Art Quarterly’ said of her work: ‘In dreamlike scenes laden with symbolism, bodies of water glint amid lush greenery, while blinding light breaks through ominous clouds’. See https://thenewartgallerywalsall.org.uk/exhibition/yasmin-david-2/.
Francis Wishart (b.1951), son of Michael and his wife Anne Dunn (also a notable artist), is known for his monotypes depicting trees and landscapes, especially Provence and New Brunswick. They can be seen on https://gallery78.com/collections/francis-wishart.
The exhibition was mounted to celebrate the ongoing peace of Binsted during the postponement of the by-pass (and hopefully beyond).