The Springett Lecture

25 October 2018
  • 20:00
  • Doors 7:30pm for 8:00pm

The Springett Lecutre: John Constable and Hampstead Heath: in the footsteps of a contemporary artist

To be given by Lindy Guinness

Lindy Guinness is a contemporary British painter. She was fortunate to have been great friends with Duncan Grant. She visited Charleston regularly, as a young girl, and it was there in his studio that she learned the love of painting. She has said her "whole development as a person and an artist is entwined with Duncan". In 1965, she won a scholarship to the Slade School of Art. Before that she was a scholarship student in Salzburg under Oskar Kokoschka and did her postgraduate training at the Chelsea School of Art and evening classes and summer courses both at the Heatherly School of Art and the Byam Shaw.

She has exhibited extensively in London, Dublin and Belfast and has more recently had solo shows in Italy, Paris and New York. Her work today is continually inspired by the Irish countryside, the changing seasons and her herd of prize-winning cows. She has her studio both at Clandeboye, her home in Northern Ireland and in London.

Throughout her career as an artist she has been fascinated by the long tradition of plein air painting and one of the artists she has always studied has been John Constable whose oil sketches, done on the spot, have been the starting point for so many journeys of observation throughout her life.

This lecture will be using this knowledge and exploring Constable’s passion for Hampstead Heath and its changing moods, which throughout his later life was to become not only his home, but the motive he knew and drew and painted. Hampstead Heath was the inspiration for some of his best, most intimate and loved works.