Brookes alumnus co-curates exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery

Tuesday, 07 February 2017

Brookes alumnus co-curates exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery

Brookes alumnus Roger Brown has recently co-curated an exhibition on the British Impressionist painter Wynford Dewhurst at Manchester Art Gallery.

Roger graduated from Brookes in 2000 with an MA in the History of British Art. Since graduating, Roger has developed an interest in researching  forgotten artists.

This has recently included co-curating an exhibition on the painter Wynford Dewhurst
at Manchester Art Gallery. Roger said: “Dewhurst was a follower of Claude Monet and had a significant career as a painter and writer on art.  Very few people have heard of him, or know that he wrote the first book in English on Impressionism.”

Roger has also written the first monograph on Dewhurst’s life entitled Wynford Dewhurst: Manchester’s Monet. The book was published to coincide  with the opening of the exhibition in Manchester last December. Speaking about the exhibition Roger said “The beautiful sun-drenched works of this forgotten artist, have created a lot of interest and publicity in Manchester. I have found it  particularly rewarding to re-establish this artist and to re-introduce his work to today’s public.”

Dewhurst is not the first forgotten artist Roger has chosen to research. In December 2003 he published a book on the life of William Stott entitled William Stott of Oldham: a Comet Rushing to the Sun. As Roger explained “Like many Victorian artists, Stott’s name is now largely forgotten, and so using my original Brookes dissertation as a basis, I decided to write a monograph on him. It was the first piece written on him since his death in 1900. I also persuaded the art gallery in his home town of Oldham to hold an exhibition
showcasing his life’s work.”

Roger was a postgraduate student in the School of History, Philosophy and CultureThe Wynford Dewhurst: Manchester’s Monet exhibition will run until Sunday 23 April 2017 at Manchester Art Gallery.