The Daily Express Young Artists’ Exhibition: Modern British Painting in the 1950s
Many established and emerging British artists in the 1950s benefitted from Lord Beaverbrook’s patronage as a newspaper publisher and philanthropist. His 1955 Daily Express Young Artists’ Exhibition was an initiative designed to showcase the work of British artists between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five. To this end, he assembled a distinguished selection committee comprised of Sir Herbert Read, Professor Anthony Blunt, artist Graham Sutherland, and Le Roux Smith Le Roux, the latter of whom he commissioned to help him build his collection for his new art gallery in Fredericton, New Brunswick. After the exhibition was juried, he purchased paintings by the top prize winners, all of which are presented here, except for Lucian Freud’s Hotel Bedroom, 1954, which is currently on tour in the exhibition Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Freud’s painting won second prize and was awarded £500, while Bryan Kneale’s Pony in the Snow, 1954, and Geoffrey Banks’ Departure for Cythera, 1955, shared the first prize of £750. The third prize of £250 was shared by Henry Inlander and Denis Williams, and George P. Wilson received £100 for honorable mention. Other purchases included works by Christo Coetzee, Erik Forrest, Keith Grant, R.D. Lee, and Tim Phillips.
Also on view are paintings from the 1950s by other British artists, including Graham Sutherland, Ivon Hitchens, and L. S. Lowrey.
Curator: Terry Graff
Organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery with the support of the Province of New Brunswick and the City of Fredericton.