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The Life and Work of David Cox

Lecture on Monday 4th November 2024 at 2:15PM

Lecturer: Mark Lewis
Venue: Larruperz Centre

This talk is an exploration of the life and work of one of the greatest English landscape painters of the 19th Century and a central figure in British Romanticism. David Cox (1783-1859) was an important member of the Birmingham School of artists and regarded, by many, as a forerunner of Impressionism.

He was taught painting by the notable painter John Varley and has always been considered one of the greatest exponents of English watercolour. In the last twenty years of his life, however, he also painted many important works in oils.

Cox is best known for his vigorous painting technique which resulted in fresh and lively landscape paintings, including a number of Herefordshire scenes. Some of his most evocative works developed from his many sketching tours to the Welsh mountains and his watercolour paintings of the North Wales landscape remain some of his finest achievements.

Mark Lewis is a landscape artist and designer-maker, specialising in silversmithing and jewellery. He has a degree in 3-D Design and worked for a major jewellery and silver manufacturer in London, before establishing his own workshop in 1981. In 1985 he entered full-time teaching in adult, further and higher education institutions, although he continues to maintain a freelance consultancy.

Mark is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Horners. In the last twenty years he has developed a passionate interest in the history and practice of landscape painting and he works with both traditional and digital imaging techniques. He is also interested in the relationship between art and spirituality.

Mark is a public speaker and regularly gives talks on a wide variety of topics including art and design history, European folklore and lighthouses!

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