Abstract and Non Figurative Work
- A Different Challenge
The London Sketch Club
- Spring Exhibition
Thursday 21st March 2013
- 6.30pm until 9.30pm
Saturday 23rd March 2013
- 1pm until 5pm
7 Dilke Street, London SW3 4JE
Image: Frank Phelan, 'Kite'
acrylic and charcoal 101.5 x 137cm
Background: The London Sketch Club has always been the home of professional graphic artists.
It has three exhibitions a year, a comfortable mix of figures, landscapes and the decorative
commercial pictures of its professional and lay member painters.
In an unusual break with tradition, in honour of its current President, the distinguished Irish artist
Frank Phelan, it is showing only abstract work by its members.
If you are interested in some exploratory and subtle non representational work, and how these
generally conservative painters react to a very different challenge please come to the open
evening - 21.3.2013 at 6.30pm - This is also a rare opportunity to visit this historic artists' club.
History: The London Sketch Club was formed as a result of a ridiculous row between factions at
the Langham Club, another sketching club, which started life in 1830 as the ArtistsSociety in
Grays Inn Road. Arthur Rackham, Sir John Tenniel, Charles Keene and others were happy to have
bread and cheese with beer in the evenings. However, there was a bunch of
wanted something more substantial after slaving in a cold studio all day. These included Dudley
Hardy, Lance Thackeray, Robert Sauber, Tom Browne and Cecil Aldin, all fine artists, who wanted
HOT food. So they left en masse in 1898 to form their own club and were soon joined by the great
black and white illustrators, Phil May, Bert Thomas, Frank Reynolds and Harry Rountree, John
, H M Bateman, who did
, his brother Charles, and another
The Club has been meeting every Tuesday evening since then, through two World Wars, to paint
or sketch, followed by food and wine, and neither the format, nor the aims of the Club, has
changed in over 112 years. In the intervening years, such luminaries as James Pryde, one half of
the Beggerstaff Brothers, George Studdy, creator of Bonzo the Dog, Afred Leete, of
Needs You fame, Sir Robert Baden-Powell, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A P Herbert, and, more
recently, Sir Peter Blake, the cartoonists, Jak, Mac, Gerald Scarfe and Ralph Steadman, have
passed through the dark green door off Tite Street in Chelsea. The Club thrives today, with a
membership comprising professional artists, illustrators, cartoonists, architects and musicians,
who meet every Tuesday for life drawing followed by hot food.
The Man Who . . . series of cartoons, William
The Gadget King