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GRAHAM ARNOLD (born 1932)
BROTHERHOOD OF RURALISTS (founded 1975)

A Man's Portrait (Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G. Minor) (1969 England)

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Item Stock Code

01827

Item Medium Description

Mixed media construction

European Dimensions

66.00 cm high   58.50 cm wide   7.00 cm deep

UK/USA Converted Dimensions

25.98 inches high  23.03 inches wide  2.76 inches deep

Item Literature

Peter Nahum, The Brotherhood of Ruralists and the Pre-Raphaelites, 2005, The Leicester Galleries Exhibition Catalogue, illustrated, number 19

Item Exhibition History

London, Peter Nahum at The Leicester Galleries, The Brotherhood of Ruralists and the Pre-Raphaelites, June - July 2005, number 19

Item Description / Dealer Expertise

Graham Arnold, from the age of six, was given a number of simple objects to paint by his father, with the intent of teaching him the rudiments of drawing and oil painting. Theses same objects and pieces of cloth have been painted by him for over sixty years, sometimes as the foremost elements in a picture and also as minor elements, which appear in almost every major painting. As they reach back to his childhood and the memory of his father, creating an unbroken line, the objects have taken on a symbolic meaning.

GRAHAM ARNOLD
Type Artist/Maker
Country of origin England
Born 1932

Graham Charles Arnold is a British contemporary artist. He studied at Beckenham School of Art and received the David Murray Landscape Prize from the Royal Academy Schools. Between 1955 and 1958 he studied at the Royal College of Art. Arnold married artist Ann Telfer in 1961 and with her became a founder member of the Brotherhood of Ruralists, alongside with Sir Peter Blake, David Inshaw, Jann Haworth, Graham Ovenden and Annie Ovenden.
Arnold works primarily in oil and mix media. His paintings show a variety of subjects including still life, landscape and it is combination of realistic and surrealist elements. Themes such as Lewis Caroll's Alice in Wonderland and Ophelia have inspired his work and that of the Brotherhood as a whole.

BROTHERHOOD OF RURALISTS
Type School/Factory
Country of origin England
Born 1975

In 1975, Peter Blake, Graham and Annie Ovenden, Graham and Ann Arnold, together with David Inshaw and Jann Haworth formed the Brotherhood of Ruralists. They left their urban lives behind for the sanctity of the West Country; a cathartic retreat which mirrored the romantic dream of their Pre-Raphaelite fore-fathers. Each group had sought solace and inspiration from an unspoilt time or place. Each held within their hearts Ruskin’s plea to young artists in the close of Modern Painters: go to Nature… rejecting nothing, selecting nothing and scorning nothing. The traditions they idolised were romantic and mystical, with strong literary associations. The Brotherhood of Ruralists instinctively acknowledged the common ethos between their fellowship and that of the Pre-Raphaelites. Both groups were seven young artists, spiritually bound by shared ideals and dreams which they had found themselves unable to cultivate in a climate of rigid academic institution and banal criticism.

In 1976, the Ruralists’ inaugural exhibition was held at the Royal Academy, where a century before Dante Gabriel Rossetti had first laid eyes on Holman Hunt’s Eve of St. Agnes: the spark that led to the formation of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. In the Ruralist exhibition, Graham Ovenden showed his Portrait of Peter and Juliette Blake, a labour of love and his homage to the Ruralists’ vision. Behind the sitters, beyond the brick wall can be glimpsed the magical sweeping hills and fresh spring skies of their ‘mystic arcadia’. Peter’s daughter, Juliette, personifies the ‘girl-child’, which Graham describes as a part of nature, an organic part of nature, and therefore has the same validity as a growing tree. The Ruralists, like the Pre-Raphaelites, placed as much importance upon their figurative work and portraiture as their studies directly from nature. Crucially, Graham Ovenden explains of his figurative paintings, the portrait is the living human organism within it. The environment is only very secondary to the situation.

The Ruralists’ next groundbreaking exhibition, in 1980, was titled Ophelia, a favourite theme shared with the Pre-Raphaelites. The following year the Brotherhood of Ruralists presented a major groundbreaking exhibition which was supported by the Arts Council and travelled to Bristol, Birmingham, Glasgow and London. In 1983, the group worked on a project entitled The Definitive Nude, to compliment Peter Blake’s retrospective exhibition at the Tate Gallery.

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Peter Nahum

Peter Nahum
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England

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