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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Professor David Ferry's March Talk

We were extremely pleased to welcome the fabulous Professor David Ferry this month, he gave a talk entitled 'London Calling, Punk and the Life Drawing Class.' He gave a fascinating account of the life drawing class through the ages, starting with this really old drawing of a life class.

 He illustrated very well the contrast between what was going on in the class, and happening elsewhere in the country. Things really hotted up during the sixties and seventies when life drawing included artists such as Euan Uglow and there was a miner's strike, punk and very exciting times generally. We were shown some amazing footage of the time. I was very impressed by the people Ferry knew at the time, including Derek Jarman.
David Ferry enjoys the juxtaposition of events and art, and started off his art career in a time of abstraction, and went against the grain with what he was doing.
His work is now largely illustrative, his use of glue and glitter lending a suggestion of the burlesque to his work. It was only at the end of the talk I realised I didn't have a photograph of David, so here's one taken with the 'Thank you' showing in the background.
 We're very grateful to Professor David Ferry for coming to give the talk, and for Ian Wilkins for making it all possible.