£10 / £8 Friends/Students 6 - 8pm

An immensely versatile artist, Paul Nash produced exciting work in practically every medium available to him, but it is as a watercolourist that he should perhaps be most celebrated. From his earliest 'portraits' of elm trees in pen, ink and wash he went on to lead a wholesale revival of the medium, inspiring Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden and others along the way. In this wide-ranging lecture, timed to coincide with the major Nash retrospective at Tate Britain, we will explore his life and his career as a watercolourist of rare vision, from those haunting early pictures to the surreal landscapes of his maturity.

James Russell studied History at Pembroke College, Cambridge, but was galvanized into writing about art by a lengthy stint selling contemporary paintings and sculpture in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A passionate advocate of modern British painting and design, James was curator of the 2015 exhibition Ravilious at Dulwich Picture Gallery, and has written books on Ravilious, Paul Nash, Edward Bawden, Edward Seago and Peggy Angus. An accredited NADFAS lecturer, James speaks regularly at arts/literary festivals, museums and other venues around the country. 


Join us from 6pm for a glass of wine and a look around the RWS autumn exhibition, London - A Sense of Place, before the talk begins at 6.30pm.