These three exhibitions are all free, all feature British artists and are all outside London. Go and explore!
1. Lucian Freud: Early Works
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, 4 April – 1 October 2017
Best known for his sprawling nudes, three quiet portraits lie at the heart of this exhibition on Lucian Freud’s early technique. Recently offered on long-term loan to Pallant House Gallery, the precision of the oil painting, etching and pastel feels more akin to sixteenth-century German artist Albrecht Dürer than the fleshy nudes of Freud’s later career.
2. Tony Cragg: A Rare Category of Objects
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 4 March – 3 September 2017
Sculptures feel as though they have sprung from the English pastures on which they stand in the YSP’s latest exhibition devoted to the work of Turner Prize winning sculptor Tony Cragg. Frozen and dynamic in the same breath, Cragg’s sculptures offer visitors the chance to escape into extra-terrestrial realms in this large display spanning five decades of the artist’s practice.
3. Winifred Nicholson: Liberation of Colour
Falmouth Art Gallery, 24 June – 16 September 2017
Often overlooked as the first wife of Ben Nicholson before his marriage to celebrated sculptress Barbara Hepworth, Winifred Nicholson (1893-1981) is celebrated in this touring exhibition that's full of colour and light. Bringing together landscape paintings, still-lifes and portraits, art-centre Falmouth feels a fitting South West venue for this comprehensive selection of vibrant paintings.
Words by Lucy Chiswell. The Iris Letter July 2017.