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Graham Hyde [1874-1951]

[From the Community Collection, a public trust in Agincourt, Iowa]

HYDE, Graham (1874–1951; British)

Figure in a Wooded Landscape 

ca1930

oil on canvas / 5.5 inches by 7.5 inches

British artist Graham Hyde was born in the northern industrial town of Sheffield, Yorkshire, sixth of ten children. The course of his life and the circumstances surrounding his education as an artist are still a mystery, however. This small painting was found at the Portobello Road flea market in northwestern London.

Constance Tippet [late 20th century]

[From the Community Collection, a public trust in Agincourt, Iowa]

TIPPET, Constance (British / late 20th century)

“The Wharf” (top)

1989

etching / 6.7 inches by 8.2 inches / A/P

and

Landscape, Rolling Hills (bottom)

1979

etching / 7.8 inches by 8.9 inches / A/P

Ten years separate these two etchings by British artist Constance Tippet. Each offers a fragmentary landscape rendered in voluptuous undulating surfaces in a rich warm black, but the earlier print is a gently textured composition in the spirit of our own Grant Wood, while the second depends to a much greater extent upon bold line work and higher contrast.

Michael Stokoe [born 1933]

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[From the Community Collection, a public trust in Agincourt, Iowa]

STOKOE, Michael Arthur (born 1933)

“Summer Vines”

1986

etching / 17.3 inches by 12.8 inches (image)

Michael Stokoe’s recent work, represented by this nearly monochromatic print, is almost unrecognizable compared with his early output as a young artist fresh from art school. The crisp minimalism of flat primary geometries and repetitive patterns at mid-century have yielded by the late 1980s to a gentler representation of landscape and the human presence.

Unusually, this piece came from neither a gallery nor the artist himself: It was part of an exhibit at a California winery, linking the visual arts with those of the vintner. We hope the vintage that year has remained as fresh and subtle as the art.

Seymour Remenick [1923-1999]

[From the Community Collection, a public trust in Agincourt, Iowa]

REMENICK, Seymour (1923–1999)

“Diana at Work”

undated (but probably circa 1950s)

oil on board / 9.5 inches by 7 inches

Agincourt’s longstanding association with Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley dates from its founding in 1853. The story of those origins is celebrated on “Founders’ Day” but it is also reflected less obviously in the Community Collection. Seymour Remenick‘s painting “Diana at Work” is an instance.

Remenick studied art successively at three schools, finally at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art (PAFA) where he taught in the 1970s. “Diana” is reported to have been Diane Huygens (born 1928), daughter of Gerrit and Truus Huygens of rural Grou. She studied art in Philadelphia during the 1950s and may have known Remenick as faculty or a fellow student. She is depicted here working on a sculpture.

 

Jean Dryden Alexander [1911-1994]

[From the Community Collection, a public trust in Agincourt, Iowa]

ALEXANDER, Jean Dryden (1911–1994; British)

“Priest’s College. Front Garden and Rear. Brentwood, Essex. Summer 1939”

1939

oil on paper / 18.2 inches x 14.6 inches

Alexander’s sketch was never intended for public consumption. Rather, it is the sort of artistic shorthand employed to record the moment for development later, either en plein air or in the studio. One biographical sources places her in the context of British art:

Jean Dryden Alexander was the youngest daughter of watercolourists Robert Graham Dryden Alexander and Effie Alexander. Born in 1911 in Essex, her artistic influence stemmed from her parents and their artist circle of friends, who included Hercules Brabazon Brabazon and Sir George Clausen. The whole family spent as much time as possible painting en plein air around Essex and its coastline. Jean was educated at Queen Anne’s School, Caversham and studied art at Chelmsford Art School (1928-1931). She won a scholarship to the Slade School of Art (1931-1935). Exhibitions Include: The Royal Academy, The New English Art Club, The Society of Women Artists and The Whitechapel Art Gallery.

Michael Upton [1938-2002]

[From the Community Collection, a public trust in Agincourt, Iowa]

UPTON, Michael (1938–2002; British)

“Telephone Conversation”

1986

oil on board / 9 1/8 inches x 7 5/8 inches

This subtle painting by British artist Michael Upton in both small and powerful. The subject — the disappearing cultural phenomenon of actual conversations on a telephone — invites comparison with Michael Paul’s similarly scaled work “People Talking without Listening”. The gallery handling his estate has this to say about Upton:

Michael Upton was born in Birmingham in 1938 and studied painting at the Royal College of Art, where his contemporaries included David Hockney. During his time at the RCA he was awarded a Leverhulme Scholarship and later went to study in Rome. He divided his activities between performance work and paintings, considering the two practices intimately connected. For most of his performance work Upton collaborated with artist Peter Lloyd-Jones, a partnership that manifested as a developing series of actions and installations throughout the 70s and 80s. He referred to his paintings as ‘domestic’ using a muted palette of four colors and concentrating on nostalgic images from his immediate environment.

During his life he exhibited in the RA Summer Exhibition and the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. His solo shows included Yale Center for British Art (1987), the Anthony Ralph Gallery, New York (1987), and at Anne Berthoud and Cassian de Vere Cole’s galleries in London. He also taught at the Royal Academy of Art before retiring to Cornwall due it severe ill health.

Upton died in 2002 aged 64. A posthumous exhibition of his paintings took place at The Henry Peacock Gallery in 2004.

This work was exhibited during 1987 at the Roger Ramsay Gallery in Chicago, from which it found its way to Agincourt.

Ann Winn [1930-2015]

[From the Community Collection, a public trust in Agincourt, Iowa]

WINN, Ann (1930–2015; British)

A Scene in Greece

date unknown

oil on canvas / 9 1/2 inches by 10 inches

Late British artist Ann Winn is a recent addition to the collection, possibly acquired from the London gallery which represents her estate or from her participation in a Chicago art fair. During her lifetime, she exhibited in many solo shows in London and group exhibitions including Royal Academy, New English Art Club, London Group, Royal Society of British Artists, International Art Fair London, Chicago International Art Fair, Surrey University, Arts Council Travelling Fair, National Academy in Greece. Public collections include Paintings In Hospitals, County Councils, British Museum Poster Museum of Mankind.

This delightful minimalist sample of Winn’s work gives us a glimpse of rural Greece, such as might have been seen in the corner of an eye while passing in a bus or train, then rendering it just as quickly on a shard of canvas hours later, the vivid memory of a moment.