In his lecture on Cecil Waller, which is one of the events related to the John Craxton Exhibition, Brian Davis will be giving an account of Cecil Waller’s career as a portraitist and landscapist. He will reflect on how perfectly good artists can come to be ignored or side-lined. What motivations and pressures influenced the art world in Waller’s lifetime (1908 – 1992) and what influences public taste and decides an artist’s reputation.
Brian Davis studied English at Cambridge and taught the subject in schools for the first half of his working life. During that time he was a pupil of the Russian harpist Maria Korchinska and later he studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute. In the second half of his career he worked as a professional harpist and as lecturer in literature and the history of art. He has been Occasional Lecturer for the Tate and National Portrait Galleries, Visiting Professor to the University of Colorado and lecturer for the Adult Education departments of Cambridge, Bath and East Anglia Universities.
Brian Davis talk takes place at 7.00pm for 7.30pm on Thursday 9th April. The event is FREE of charge but a donation of £3.00 is encouraged to cover costs.
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