Monday, 25 June 2012

Harold Mockford (art)

The Towner Gallery is putting together a collection of the works of Eastbourne artist Harold Mockford to celebrate his 80th birthday. The gallery owns fourteen of his paintings.

The Long Man at Wilmington
Harold Mockford was born in 1932. He was an evacuee child during the Second World War and has described one of his earliest memories seeing the outline of Butts Brow above Eastbourne from the train window on his return home. He left school at fourteen and worked as a dental technician. He did not take up painting until his twenties when he also joined a group of Eastbourne artists. One of his pictures was chosen for an exhibition at the original Towner Gallery in 1960. The exhibition was curated by a London abstract artist named William Gear who was particularly taken with Mockford's work and wanted to to buy the painting. He was shocked when the price was way under what Gear expected to pay and this episode launched Mockford's long professional painting career. 

Mockford's primary inspiration has been the coastal landscape around Eastbourne, Berwick and Newhaven where he moved in the late 1990s. He uses particularly vibrant colours and often views his subject from unexpected angles so familiar landscape features are transformed, allowing viewers to appreciate them anew. He has spent a lifetime walking the Downs in this small area both alone and with his family.

Towner Gallery, Sat 14th Jul - Sun 30th Sep.
Tues - Sun 10:00 - 18:00.
Bank Holiday Mondays 10:00 - 18:00.
£5.50 (£4 concessions / under 16s free).

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