See the work of modern masters at Lakeside’s Pop Art to Brit Art exhibition


Art lovers have the rare opportunity to see one of the most important private collections of modern art at the Pop Art to Brit Art exhibition which is currently on at Nottingham’s Lakeside Arts Centre.

The carefully curated exhibition features works by internationally renowned British artists such as David Hockney, Peter Blake, Francis Bacon, Mario Testino, Bridget Riley, Damien Hirst and many more and they all come from the collection of David Ross, who is the co-founder of the Carphone Warehouse and a former student at Nottingham University

Gentle Air 1983 by Bridget Riley

Gentle Air 1983 by Bridget Riley.

Starting with the Pop Art era of the early 1960s, the exhibition takes visitors on a journey from the first explosion of colour and bold lines through to the Brit Art movement led by artists such as Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn and Gavin Turk. There are also works by the Expressionist-influenced artists of the 1960s such as Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff.

Interestingly, the exhibition also features more recent pieces such as the politically charged Shock and Awe by Richard Hamilton which was completed in 2010. Just like Blake and Hockney, Hamilton is associated with the start of the Pop Art movement – but his later works reveal a much darker and more uncertain world which stands in contrast to the playful optimism of the 1960s.

All of the paintings in this collection were produced during Ross’ lifetime and offer an interesting snapshot of how contemporary British art has evolved over this period. It’s also a great chance to see works by some of the art world’s biggest players in the context they were created.

The exhibition is on until 9th February and it was opened on 20th November by Sir Nicholas Serota, the Director of Tate. Further details are available on Lakeside’s website. All pictures are produced with kind permission from the David Ross Collection and Lakeside.

Posted on 23 January 2014
Featured author: Catherine Allen Marketing Assistant

Arts fan, runner and cyclist who has been living in Nottingham for more than a decade. Loves real ale, craft beer, good food, travelling and sausage dogs.

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