LECTURE Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship – English artist designers 1922-42
October 16, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Andy Friend, author and curator
In recent years Eric Ravilious has become recognised as one of the most important British artists of the twentieth century, whose watercolours and wood engravings capture an essential sense of place and the spirit of mid-century England.
Andy Friend’s talk will explore Ravilious’s life, loves and the artistic networks he was inspired by. His talented group of friends included Edward Bawden, Enid Marx and Barnett Freedman who were influenced by Paul Nash’s teaching at the Royal College of Art and tried to bridge the gap between art and design.
Andy Friend is the author of a biography of Eric Ravilious, which was named Sunday Times 2017 Art Book of the Year. While living in Australia, and missing the English landscape, he came across the work of Ravilious for the first time in the early 1990s. In 2017, twenty years after returning to Sussex, he co-curated the Towner Gallery touring exhibition which marked the 75th anniversary of Ravilious’s death.