Fine art on show at South Hill ParkBy Julie Spencer
September 24, 2012
Works by some of the greatest artists of the 20th century are on display at South Hill Park.
Paintings, lithographs and lino cuts by Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Paul Klee and Jean Cocteau are on loan to the Bracknell arts centre from the private collection of Professor Lewis Elton and Mary Elton.
Professor Elton, the physicist father of writer and comedian Ben Elton, gifted the works to the University of Surrey, which sends the collection out on loan.
Bracknell Forest mayor Cllr Jennie McCracken and Bracknell Town mayor Cllr Shelagh Pile were guests of honour at a private viewing of the centre’s autumn exhibition on Friday, September 7.
The show features the Lewis and Mary Elton collection as one of its highlights along with pieces from Berkshire-based potter Bronwen Coussens, studies of Paralympic athletes by photographer Michaela Greene and work from the printmaking artists of Print @ The Park.
Cllr Pile said: “It is a fascinating collection and the curator gave us a lovely talk, which gave us a deeper insight into the history of the works.
“I would encourage people to go to the autumn exhibition, particularly youngsters who are doing art courses.
“They would get such an insight into art that has gone before and what is now being created.”
Art history lecturer Melanie Paice will give a talk about the collection on Wednesday, October 3.
The Elton collection is at South Hill Park until Sunday, October 28. For details of all the works in the autumn exhibition go to www.southillpark.org.uk.