Exploring Modern Art with David Addison
Exploring Modern Art with David Addison
Chapel Arts

Exploring Modern Art with David Addison

This Event Takes Place @ Chapel Arts, Cheltenham (Chapel Arts, Knapp Road (Near St. James Square), Cheltenham. GL50 3QQ)

Exploring Modern Art: Exploring the origins in the late nineteenth century with artists such as Manet and Monet through to post WW2 fundamental changes leading to Contemporary Art

A group of four sessions examining the history of Modern Art with artist, art historian, curator and lecturer, David Addison.

Wednesday 4th August – Session 1: IN THE BEGINNING.  
Exploring what might be the origins of ‘Modern Art’ - investigating the background, progress, and conflicting views of late nineteenth century artists such as Manet, Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh, and Gauguin.

Wednesday 1st September – Session 2: IS THE RENAISSANCE DEAD?  
Exploring the first real phase of the ‘Modern Art’ Revolution when fundamental questions are faced and confronted in works by such artists as Picasso, Braque, and Klee.

Wednesday 7th October – Session 3: THE DISEASE SPREADS.  
Exploring alternative, idiosyncratic, and apparently weird, avenues taken by artists such as Chagall and Dali (including confrontational movements such as Dada) and infecting Britain.

Wednesday 3rd November – Session 4: LET’S BE SERIOUS.  
Exploring the rise of Non-Figurative Abstraction in the work of such artists as Kandinsky and Mondrian who broke through the traditional picture frame and colour theory.


David is a trained and experienced artist, art historian, art curator and art lecturer. He studied at Ipswich School of Art and the Fine Art Department at the University of Newcastle, and he went on to train as a teacher and adult education tutor. Also, over the years, he took research degrees in Art History at the Universities of Birmingham and Bristol.

David is particularly interested in involving adults of all ages and educational backgrounds in appreciating art and its social and historical context. His experience includes working with the Open University and other Adult Education work, as well as more informal work with such bodies as the W.E.A. and the U3A. Until recently he took regular groups exploring the collection at the Ashmolean Museum and, until very recently, led two U3A Art Appreciation Groups at the Wilson (which he knows well having been Director of the Art Gallery and Museum in the past).


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