It was nearly a year ago that The Hestercombe Gallery opened its doors to the public to showcase a series of contemporary art exhibitions.
The fourth and latest exhibition represents the artistic passions of art collector Chris Ingram in an exhibition titled ‘A Personal Passion: The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art. The collection showcases important works from the twentieth century to the present day, the exhibition features sculpture, works on canvas and paper as well as film.
The collection, which brings the works from contemporary artists alongside Modern British luminaries, demonstrates the connection, contrasts and development of the avant-garde in Britain. There is a particular emphasis on the post-War period, with works that show artists’ responses to the existential anxieties and challenges of the contemporary world and their search for new visual languages with which to express them.
The exhibition has been created with exemplary visual flair and an unerring eye for quality, providing viewers an opportunity to analyse Chris Ingram’s collectors eye.
Artists include: Kenneth Armitage, Frank Auerbach, John Bellany, Reg Butler, Anthony Caro, Lynn Chadwick, Suki Chan, Aleah Chapin, Ken Currie, Jacob Epstein, Elisabeth Frink, Terry Frost, Peter Howson and RB Kitaj.
Chris Ingram’s growing interest in contemporary and emerging artists, has seen him provide support for MA students from the major art schools in London, as well as looking at new ways of supporting and promoting the arts. This approach chimes with Hestercombe’s commitment to developing an artist in residence and education programme and building a gallery of regional significance.
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