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Geoffrey Robert Russell b.1902
Oil on canvas, 15 x 22. Signed by the artist,
Provenance: Artists studio; Lacewing Fine Art, Marlborough
Tag Price: GB£685
Russell was born in
Hayes, Kent and studied at St. John's Wood Art School; Westminster School of Art under Walter Bayes, Meninsky and Schwabe, and under Walter Sickert at Highbury in 1927.
He exhibited at the Goupil Gallery; the Redfern Gallery; New English Art Club;
the Royal Academy and other important venues. He is represented in the permanent collection of the
Royal West of England Academy. He lived in Dorset and was a regular broadcaster on the arts.
Pardon scenes were a favourite topic with the Breton school, and usually offered the
opportunity to record a very colourful spectacle. The approach to perspective in
this particular work is very inventive. The foreground figures dwarf the church in the background, which in turn dwarfs the procession as it makes it way
from the chapel towards the spectators.
David Bond Walker, Orlock, Co. Down
Oil on board 12 x 20 inches; Signed by the artist;Inscribed
verso with title and dated 1930
Framer’s inscription verso; McGrathe
Exhibited: Milmo-Penny Fine Art, December 2014
Tag Price €685: Sold
The portrait and landscape painter, David Bond Walker, was born in
Belfast in December, 1891. According to Snoddy, he followed in the footsteps
of his father, Tom Bond Walker (1861-1933), who arrived in Belfast from
London in the 1880s. Tom's name became associated with that of Paul Henry.
After the death of Henry's father in 1891, Walker took the young artist in
as a student. In ‘Further Reminiscences’, Henry wrote of a ‘shy, retiring,
man with a genuine enthusiasm for teaching. He had married an Irish girl and
was trying to eke out a livelihood by taking pupils for drawing, and
supplemented his earnings by painting an occasional portrait’. He became a
member of the Belfast Art Society in 1893
David Bond Walker was educated at St Jude's National School, Belfast, and
studied art under his father and the well know landscape painter, Hans Iten.
He had been painting since the age of fourteen and was selected by Sir John
Lavery as one of the first ten members of the Belfast Art Society in 1920.
The following year he began exhibiting in Dublin at the Royal Hibernian
Academy, and between 1921 and 1926 he showed eight works there. His 1925 RHA
oil, The Pensive Maiden, is now in the Ulster Museum collection. In the loan
exhibition of Irish portraits by Ulster artists held at Belfast Museum and
Art Gallery in 1927, he was represented by three works. When the Ulster
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals published ‘The Tree’ in
1936, his Cara, an Irish Wolf-Hound, was reproduced. With the onset of war,
he left Belfast and settled in Newcastle, Co. Down, where he concentrated on
landscape painting. He opened the Bond Walker Gallery at Pedlar’s Bridge,
Annalong, as a summer venue and taught art at Kilkeel and at Rathfriland.
Orlock Point is well known for its rocky outcrops with views of the Copeland
Islands and the Scottish hills. A number of fine beaches lie nearby
including Ballyholme, Crawfordsburn, Groomsport and Helen's Bay.
The area is highly regarded for its natural wildlife habitats, which support
a wealth of plants and animals and is steeped in archaeology with evidence
of Viking settlements and stories of smuggler coves going back through the
ages. Central to our promontory is a small sandy beach, which runs up to an
opening in the rocks, cut through by the action of the waves. The artist
captures the particular colours and reflections of a low tide on a calm day
with superb skill and technical ability, which has its roots in the
Kensington School of Art and the time spent there by his father.
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