Friday, 17 September 2021

Art before the spring at three exhibitions

The River and Rowing Museum and galleries in Oxford and Henley all have new exhibitions. We take a closer look

The River and Rowing Museum and galleries in Oxford and Henley all have new exhibitions. We take a closer look

l Magical showcase for river museum

Arthur Rackham  (1867-1939) is the quintessential illustrator of the Victorian era. A new, extensive exhibition of his works is being held at the River and Rowing Museum in Henley to celebrate his work, with a workshop and lecture tomorrow.

Rackham was master of the magical and took illustration to a new level of expression. His drawings for childrenâ??s books have charmed and terrified generations of children and the exhibition features some of his most famous works, including illustrations from

Alice in Wonderland

Peter Pan

Wind in the Willows

An hour-long lecture

Illustrating Arthur Rackham
will be held tomorrow at 10.30am with a practical workshop in the afternoon. For more information visit

l Landscapes and a study in vegetables

EDWARD Beale and Lawrence Quigley will be exhibiting their paintings at Whittington Fine Art in Henley for three weeks from Monday.

Their works use traditional skills and fine observation, honed since they studied together at the Royal Academy.

Lawrenceâ??s landscapes include studies of the Sussex Downs and Thames paintings with bridges seen from other bridges. He said: â??I endeavour to capture the atmosphere or mood of a place in direct response to landscape or figurative subjects ... the process is itself part of the subject of the work.â?�

Edwardâ??s oils are small studies of fruit, vegetables and flowers; apples, mushrooms, peonies, swedes and roses.

He said: â??I wanted to make concentrated studies of individual vegetables and fruits ... their textures, colours and peculiarity of their shapes are fascinating when looked at closely.â?�

The gallery in Hart Street is open daily except Wednesday and Sunday, from 10.30am to 5.30pm. Call (01491) 410787.

l To abstract and beyond â?? and back

The subject of an exhibition at Oxford art gallery explores the transformation from the figurative to abstract â?? and back again.

Simon J Harris: Revealing the image uncovers his painstaking process of adding layers of paint, sanding back, and adding more layers, creating a luminous surface and aiming at an immersive experience for the viewer.

The exhibition is at the Sarah Wiseman Gallery, 40-41 South Parade, Oxford until March 7. For more information call the gallery on 01865 515123 or visit

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