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Portfolio - Francis Hewlett RWA and Robert Organ RWA

Francis Hewlett

Bristol Empire
Oil on canvas,
£11,150

The Carpet
Oil on board,
SOLD

Ty Canol
Oil on board,
SOLD

Clouds and Hill I
Oil on board,
£850

Still Life with Fruit
Oil on board,
SOLD

Cows at Flushing
Oil on canvas,
SOLD

Clouds and Hill II
Oil on board,
£850

Self Portrait II
Oil on board,
SOLD

In 1957 Francis Hewlett started teaching at Falmouth School of Art where he later became Head of Painting until retiring in 1981. During this time the School of Art gained a national reputation for excellence and attracted many significant artists to its staff and lecturing panel including; Robert Organ, Euan Uglow, Lionel Miskin, Peter Lanyon, Karl Weschke, Patrick Heron and Bryan Wynter.

Valleco di Sopra
oil on canvas,
£1,950

Francis’s work in the early sixties he describes as ‘Thick Pop’, a reaction against the Euston Road School. It was a time when objective drawing and painting was unfashionable and Francis explored other ways of expressing his ideas.

He started to build polychrome sculptures; his objective was to make artworks that could be recognised by ordinary people. He eventually went into large scale polychrome ceramics and became recognised as an expert in the field, presenting lectures to the Royal College of Art.

Shouting Girls & Issy Bonn on Stage
oil on canvas,
SOLD

This exhibition at The Art Room is the first time these two eminent artists and lifelong friends have ever shown together. We celebrate a lifetime of work and enduring friendship.

‘Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they ought to be’ – William Hazlitt

Landsdown Crescent Bath
oil on board,
£850

Dawn Cows and Sheep
oil on board,
£850

Robert Organ

The Dansant I
oil on board
SOLD

Girl at window
oil on board,
SOLD

The Dansant II
oil on board,
SOLD

Table Top and Snow
oil on canvas,
SOLD

Plums & Apricots
oil on canvas,
SOLD

Plums on a Napkin
oil on canvas,
SOLD

Robert includes teaching in his career, including tutor at the Architectural Association in London and the department of architecture at Bristol University. He was visiting lecturer at Cambridge University and gave some lectures to the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. As his reputation grew he was invited to make a number of films for the BBC which were transmitted under the ‘Open Door’ (‘whose killing the Mother of the Art’s?) and the Outlook series.
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Bread Sticks Mackerel & Prawns
oil on canvas,
£5,850

In 1978 Robert was ‘artist in residence’ at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter where he painted and gave lunch time lectures, they later purchased a ten-foot painting for their collection entitled ‘Natural History’. While he was there he unearthed many treasures by old friends; Drummond, Gore, Gilman, Bevan and Sickert, and these were displayed together in a small picture gallery.

Table Top with Magazine
oil on canvas,
£3,950

After 1981 both artists dedicated their time to painting, forging distinguished careers. Francis has never pursued the world of dealers, galleries and fame, he is incredibly ambitious with his work but not for himself. His chosen style of painting is slow and tiring, exhibitions happen when there is sufficient work in the studio.

Robert has had many exhibitions all over the country and has had a long affiliation with Browse and Darby Cork Street London. Both artists still work everyday, their commitment to art elevating them above nagging health issues and the onset of time.

Figs on a Napkin
oil on canvas,
£1,850