10th November - 8th December 2018
Patrick Haughton & Friends – 50 Years On.
A retrospective with re-connections
Private View: Friday 9th November, 18:00-20:00.
Patrick Haughton (b. 1942) spent his formative years in North Devon, and after a Foundation Course at Exeter College of Art he studied fine art at the West of England College of Art in Bristol, before becoming a teacher.
In 1995, after a successful career in education (his final post was head of Kennall Vale School near Truro) he took early retirement and began to work full time as a painter.
In 1996 he became a full member of Newlyn Society of Artists and an Associate Member of the Penwith Society of Arts. His work has been exhibited in Cornwall & across the UK: in Bath, York, The Cotswolds, Norwich, London, and also in Nantucket, USA, His work is included in private and public collections in the UK, Europe, Far East and USA.
This exhibition was originally conceived as retrospective show including a selection of works from 1966 to 2018, to celebrate his 75th birthday. However, after the gallery had been booked, a series of serendipitous events led to a small group of his West of England College of Art contemporaries meeting up in Cornwall. After an interval of more than 50 years this group of old friends visited the Penwith Gallery and, amid much hilarity, took the road to West Penwith. At Botallack and St. Just, where they had spent a week with tutors Paul Feiler and Karl Weschke in 1965, the memories of long forgotten experiences and misadventures came flooding back: “Howling at the Moon at Midnight” in the Cot Valley; getting lost around Levant & Geevor Mines and trying to hitch a lift back to St. Just from Pendeen. Although most of the group didn’t fully appreciate “the Cornish thing” at the time; the visit to Cornwall did make a strong impression on them all; but they certainly didn’t anticipate coming “Back To Botallack” 50+ Years On!
The idea arose that this retrospective could include contributions from some of these old art school contemporaries, celebrating their re-connection and show-casing the work they produce today – hence “50 years On!”
Included are Elizabeth Aurilia (from Portland Oregon, USA), John Birch (from Portscatho), Judith Stroud (from North Wales), Peter Garriock (from East Anglia) and the late Denny Long RWA – also Graham Rich (from Topsham, Devon), an old friend of Patrick’s from Exeter College of Art.