John Wonnacott
The Norwich School of Art 1982–4

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John Wonnacott born 1940
The Norwich School of Art
Date 1982–4
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1935 x 2648 mm
frame: 2080 x 2790 x 52 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1984
Not on display

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This 'portrait' of the Art School in the city of Norwich celebrates the building and the people who worked in it during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Wonnacott taught life drawing there, at a time when the discipline was falling out of favour; he was dismissed the year after this painting was completed. Prophetically, he shows himself, and two colleagues who left at the same time, in the foreground of the painting, walking away from the building 'like an Expulsion from Paradise'

August 2004

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