Eastbourne exhibition of superb Sussex artist Harold Mockford

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ART AFICIONADOS are being encouraged to go to the Towner’s big summer exhibition to find out about an acclaimed artist’s work.

On Thursday (August 16) the award-winning gallery is holding a special event celebrating the launch of its Harold Mockford exhibition, with curator Sara Cooper leading visitors on a walk-through of the Sussex painter’s retrospective.

Visitors to the Towner will be given the chance to find out about Mockford’s early life, the evolution of his artistic practice and his unique painting style. There wil also learn about the pivotal moment in his career when he met former Towner curator and well-known abstract artist William Gear, and the controversy that then ensued when Towner first purchased his work for the permanent collection.

Born in 1932, Mockford left school at 14 and trained to become a dental technician. It wasn’t until he was in his 20s that he took up painting and joined a group of artists in Eastbourne.

The Towner showcase, Harold Mockford: A Retrospective of a Sussex Painter, celebrates the 80th birthday of one of Sussex’s most loved artists and brings together a large body of paintings which span his long and distinguished career.

Eastbourne Borough Council’s head of tourism, Councillor Neil Stanley, said, “Harold Mockford’s unique style and beautiful depictions of the Sussex Downs have earned him a strong following.”

“I think his fans, as well as those new to his work, will be fascinated to hear the history of his life as an artist – who would have thought that when Towner began to collect his work in the 60s, it would have ruffled so many feathers.”

The talk and walk takes place at 12.30pm on Thursday. Although this is a free event, places are limited so booking is advised and as this event involves a walk through the Harold Mockford exhibition you will need to purchase a ticket to the exhibition itself.

For more information go to www.townereastbourne.org.uk or call Towner on 01323 434670.