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The New English Art Club: Then and (mostly) Now
Julian Halsby
Tuesday 27 June 2017

The New English Art Club was founded in 1886 as a society to promote the French influence in British art, and as an alternative to the Royal Academy.  Early members include the Glasgow Boys, the Newlyn School and the London Impressionists.  After a historical introduction, Julian Halsby looks at the paintings of contemporary members of NEAC including Ken Howard, Bernard Dunstan, Diana Armfield, Peter Kuhfeld, Fred Cuming, Tom Coates and Ruth Stage.  He shows how all their work is based on fine draughtsmanship.  Julian knows all of these artists personally and has written about all of them in articles and books.  He believes that this is a lecture which restores your confidence in modern art. 

Recommended reading :”The New English : A History of the New English Art Club” (Royal Academy of Art 2006).

Julian Halsby studied History of Art at Cambridge and was formerly Senior Lecturer and Head of Department at Croydon College of Art.  His publications include Venice - the Artist's Vision ( 1995), The Art of Diana Armfield RA (1995), Dictionary of Scottish Painters ( 4th edition 2010), A Hand to Obey the Demon's Eye (2000), Scottish Watercolours 1740-1940 (1991), A Private View - David Wolfers and the New Grafton Gallery (2002).

He interviews artists for the Artist Magazine and is a member of the International Association of Art Critics and The Critics Circle.  A practising artist, he was elected to the Royal Society of British Artists in 1994 and appointed Keeper in 2010.