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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
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.
Stanley Pettigrew b.1927
A Lake Amongst the Benns, Connemara
Oil on canvas laid on board 20 x 30 inches. Signed by the artist
Stanley Pettigrew is best known as a painter of the Wicklow landscape but he is
at his best on his annual excursions to to Connemara. By the time he first held
a brush in his hand, he had become enthralled with the special quality of light
and spectacular subject of the West of Ireland. He went to school in Sligo and
in the early days took a keen interest in carpentry. However, it was during the
summer holidays, when he was about fourteen years of age, that he met the man
who was about to change his interests completely. This was Jim Heuston, a
confirmed Republican and extremely colourful character, who had been twice
imprisoned during the 1916 rising and again in 1922. By 1941, Heuston was
working as a sign painter in Sligo but he also had an interest in landscape
painting. He encouraged Stanley to accompany him on his expeditions and so
began a painting career, which continues to this day. During these journeys
around the Yeats Country, his great love of the open countryside developed. In
common with many other artists who had gone before him, he was fascinated by
the massive cloud formations and their reflections on water.
This lake scene in the heart of the Benns is a fine example of his work and and
is typical of the isolated locations Stanley seeks out on his excursions. He
captures the vastness of the mountain range while displaying at the same time a
local intimacy of peace and tranquillity depicted in a splendid range of
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