Elwell paintings from Beverley Art Gallery have gone on a journey to York

Tue, 22 Oct 2019

Two paintings from the unique collection of the work of Fred and Mary Elwell at Beverley Art Gallery have made the journey to York to form part of a major exhibition there.

The two paintings loaned to York Art Gallery are Fred Elwell's 'Refugees in my Studio' from 1940, and 'Artist in his studio', an undated work, but probably dating to earlier in his career at the turn of the century.

Beverley Art Gallery curator Helena Cox said : “The refugees painting is fascinating, not only because it shows the Elwells' kindness in having a number of refugees living with them, but also because it shows a mirror with the reflection of  Mary at her easel, painting away regardless of the crowded conditions. It’s a lovely tribute to her dedication to art!”

The exhibition in York is called ‘Making a Masterpiece : Bouts and Beyond’ and looks at the imagination, science and sublime skill behind the creation of an iconic artwork. It runs until 26 January, 2020.

Helena Cox added : “I am delighted that two of our Fred Elwell paintings are part of the wonderful new exhibition at York Art gallery! The exhibition features fantastic loans from all over the country and Beverley Art Gallery is honoured to be part of this breathtaking display of national and international art.

“This also shows that Fred and Mary Elwell's work is not only relevant to Beverley as both artists play a significant role in the history of British art.”

While the two paintings are in York, Beverley Art Gallery has replaced them with other Elwell artwork, and put on display a drawing of Fred Elwell by Dame Laura Knight, one of the treasures from their collection.

Helena Cox said : “ All this shows that the permanent display at Beverley Art Gallery is ever changing, and we're inviting our visitors to return to the gallery on a regular basis to see the latest changes and newly displayed artwork!”

Beverley Art Gallery is located in the Treasure House in Champney Road and is open:

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays : 9.30am – 5pm

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9.30am -8pm

Saturdays : 9am- 4pm.

The current main exhibition, until 23 November, is the work of Ghanaian artist photographer Nii Obodai, who has been working in residence in the East Riding of Yorkshire with art and environment organisation Invisible Dust. The exhibition, titled ‘Of Natural Magic’, explores the waterways of the region and the people that they conjoin and influence.

For further details, visit eastridingmuseums.co.uk or follow on twitter or facebook at ERidingLMA.

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