Famous Downland painter is subject of Seaford talk

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An illustrated talk about a painter who produced iconic Downland images will be held in Seaford on September 12.

Renowned writer and lecturer on 20th century British art, James Russell has been invited to the town’s Crypt Gallery.

Under the title ‘Another Eric,’ he will describe the work of Eric Ravilious whose distinctive style summed up the timeless beauty of the South Downs for a post-war generation.

His family moved from London to Eastbourne where they ran an antique shop. Ravilious was educated at Eastbourne Grammar School and won a scholarship to Eastbourne School of Art in 1919, followed by another to the Design School at the Royal College of Art.

He painted almost entirely in watercolour and was inspired by the landscape near Beddingham, returning to Furlongs, the cottage of Peggy Angus. He said that time: ‘....altered my whole outlook and way of painting.’ He was accepted as a salaried artist by the War Artists’ Advisory Committee in December 1939 and painted coastal defences in Newhaven before being lost in action when his Lockheed Hudson failed to return after a patrol in Iceland in 1942.

Booking is essential (07721 205575) for the talk which starts at 7.30pm.