William Gear, Landscape, 1951, Oil on canvas, Pallant House Gallery (The George and Ann Dannatt Gift, 2011)
Marking the centenary of George Dannatt's birth in 1915, this exhibition will explore one of the Gallery's most significant donations, the George and Ann Dannatt Gift. The collection includes a largely unseen and newly conserved group of paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints by key figures associated with the St Ives Group of Artists in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, including Terry Frost, Roger Hilton, Peter Lanyon, Ben Nicholson, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and John Tunnard.
The collection was one of the most significant private collections of its type, not least because Dannatt was a friend of many of the artists, and was himself an abstract artist. A selection of his own works will be included in the display, as well as archival photographs of the Dannatts with their artist friends and rare artists' books and illustrated volumes. In addition to the St Ives Group, the collection includes works by artists associated with a poetic strain of Neo-Romanticism in Britain, including Paul Nash, David Jones, Prunella Clough and Keith Vaughan, as well as interesting prints by international artists such as Jean Arp and Eduardo Chillida.
The exhibition tours to the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester in Autumn 2015. A selling exhibition of George Dannatt's work at the Osborne Samuel Gallery will take place in London in September 2015, as well as an exhibition of St Ives and Dannatt's work at Southampton Art Gallery. The exhibition will be accompanied by a new fully-illustrated book including contributions by Prof Brandon Taylor, Trevor Dannatt RA, Jackie Sarafoupoulos, Adrian Dannatt and Simon Martin.