Members of Anthony Pyke’s family are holding a memorial exhibition of his work at the Hastings Arts Forum from 3rd – 15th April.

They would also be interested to hear from anyone who knew him or owns any of his work.

His daughter Aurelia tells us “Anthony was an intensely private person and, almost in spite of himself, gained an international reputation. His brilliant and uncompromising work may be found in private ownership throughout the world”

He attended the Slade and Chelsea schools of Art in the late 1940s and early 1950s.  We understand he exhibited with the London Group in 1950, the Royal Academy 1952 – 53, the Redfern in 1961 and the Grosvenor Gallery in 1964 (Critic’s Choice). There is also evidence that his work was exhibited internationally, particularly in Amsterdam.

Pyke seems to have lived behind closed doors. As Aurelia says, “in his lifetime he shied away from the limelight, but now in his absence, his work speaks with clarity and conviction.”  Anthony worked for many years on a part-time basis as an art/diagnostic therapist, which gave him the freedom to develop a personal idée-fixe without the pressure of exhibitions. His inspiration came from a profound understanding of landscape, and many of his later paintings are derivative of the landscape and seascape of the South East Coast of England where he lived.

Lesley Barker, spokesperson for the Exhibitions Committee said “His early work demonstrates a fascination with, and clear understanding of, cubism.  As his own perception and individual style is seen to mature, the poetic and lyrical influences of his rural surroundings become implicit in the work, while the embedded structure and design elements of his work speak both of modernity and an inherent classicism.”  His work achieves an undeniably successful equivalence between the two.

We are grateful that he acceded to the wishes of his family that after his death his work should be exhibited and enjoyed by the public.

If anyone has any further information about this artist, the family would be very interested to hear from them.  Please contact Hastings Arts Forum in the first instance at their website or email info@hastingsartsforum.co.uk

Hastings Arts Forum is a registered charity and members’ organisation working to support the arts locally and regionally. We provide exhibition space at the Gallery at Hastings Arts Forum for all our members to exhibit their work to the local community. With over 400 members, this opportunity is extended to a considerable number of arts and crafts practitioners at all levels. The Forum funds itself through membership fees, hiring out the gallery space, modest commissions from the sale of artworks, fundraising events and donations.


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