DRECKI, Zbigniew

Zbigniew Drecki - Portrait of woman

Zbigniew Drecki


Zigniew Drecki was born in Warsaw and survived incarceration during the war in both Auschwitz and Buchenwald, eventually escaping from a train transporting him to Dachau. He moved to Britain, settling with an English wife in Exmouth in Devon. Largely self-taught, Drecki for some time ran a painting school in Exmouth but in later years he concentrated solely on his own art. Painting in a house he and his wife owned in Florida, in addition to his Devon home, Drecki’s artwork was vibrant, colourful and at times wildly imaginative – a stark contrast to the art produced by other camp survivors such as Arnold Daghani. He appears to have been concentrating on the positive and also pursued political projects aimed at encouraging world peace and philanthropy.



Georg Eisler - Nude

Georg Eisler


Georg Eisler was born in Vienna, son of the composer Hans Eisler. The family moved to England in 1939, settling in Manchester. Georg attended the Central High School, studied art at Stockport, Manchester and Salford schools of art and he was also taught by Oskar Kokoschka. Eisler had his first solo exhibition in Manchester in 1946 but returned to Vienna later that year. Deeply imbued in the Expressionist tradition, Eisler was elected president of the Succession from 1968-72, won numerous prizes and had a major retrospective in Graz in 1977. He travelled extensively, keeping up links with the UK, and one exhibition of cityscapes of Manchester titled ‘Landscape of Exile’ was shown at Manchester City Art Gallery in 1988.




Brian Horton - Valley Rich with Corn

Brian Horton


Brian Horton studied at Cheltenham College of Art. After a career in the City of London and as a picture restorer, he turned to full time painting. His main subjects are the English countryside and coast and his pictures have an ethereal, visionary quality. Horton’s main gallery has been Messum’s, which has given him a number of solo shows in recent years and included his work in its Twentieth Century British Art exhibition in 2005. Horton has also shown at the Royal Academy and the Royal Watercolour Society.




Anthony Jadunath - Birds

Anthony Jadunath


Anthony Jadunath was born in Trinidad in 1945, his grandfather having moved there from India. A highly recognised ‘Outsider Artist’ in later life, Jadunath arrived in England aged nine and, following a difficult childhood, endured stints in several institutions. At age 15 he was confined to a psychiatric hospital and it was here that he started to see art as a release. He worked on building sites and factories to earn money in adult life but constantly painted and sculpted in his spare time; art was to become a deeply spiritual experience, unleashing forces deep within him. Red was Jadunath’s favourite colour in art, powerful and symbolic of suffering.

In 1967 Jadunath took part in his first exhibition at Fairfield Halls, Croydon and in the 1970s he began to work teaching art to children at the Barbican Centre and the People’s Gallery. After taking an etching course at Croydon Art School his work gained greater recognition; Victor Musgrave of Gallery One purchased twenty of his works for the Outsider Archive Collection which he set up with Monika Kinley in 1981. This was originally under the aegis of the Tate Gallery but was disbanded in 1998; some remnants, including two of Jadunath’s works, in 2010 found a permanent home in the Outsider Art Collection at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. His work was also included in England & Co’s major exhibition ‘Outsiders & Co’ in 1996.
He had a show in London in 2007 and a major exhibition in Liverpool from August to October 2008 as part of its European Capital of Culture Programme. His final solo show in 2009 was at New Art Exchange, Nottingham titled ‘Jadunath: RED’.




Jo Jones - Gypsies applauding a dance at night


Jo Jones

Violet Madeline Josette Jones, or Jo Jones as she was usually known, was born in Knebworth in Hertfordshire. She began painting from an early age and, after using some prize money to fund a stay in Jamaica, she held a successful exhibition there in 1924 that then travelled to Chenil Galleries, Chelsea. She went on to study art in Paris and then attended Slade School in London. Although tutored by both Walter Sickert and Augustus John, her main influences were Bonnard and Matisse. In 1933 the director of the Tate Gallery, J B Manson, introduced her to Wildenstein Gallery which gave her her first major solo show in 1935. Manson wrote the introduction to the catalogue and the Contemporary Art Society, Augustus John, Sir William Rothenstein and a number of other major collectors all bought pictures. In 1938 she had a show at Galerie Zbrowski, Paris with another at Wildenstein in 1939. That year she moved to London, which was to remain her base, although she also had a cottage and studio in Long Bredy, Dorset. Subsequently she held several shows at the O’Hana Gallery, London and in Zurich and also exhibited at the Society of Women Artists.

Jones had four distinct periods as a painter; in Paris and London before the war, in Spain in the 1950s, Morocco in the 1960s and after that – although she retained her studio in Chelsea – mainly in Dorset with occasional visits abroad, especially to Vevey and Zurich. It was in the 1950s that she discovered the Sacro Monte gypsies in Granada, living and working amongst them for nine summers. A portrait of the flamenco dancer Mario Maya won her a substantial prize that she donated to the dancer to enable him to study in London. Pictures from this period are in the Gypsy Museum at Leeds University. Her work there formed the basis of the 1969 book The Gypsies of Granada with text by Augustus John, Laurie Lee and others. In 1963 Jones visited Morocco to draw the strange rock formations in the Tafrout Valley. Her work in Morocco in the was capped by a successful show in Rabat. A talented and very individual artist, Jones showed regularly in Britain, France and Switzerland, having a retrospective at Alpine Gallery 1985. The Michael Parkin Gallery had a memorial exhibition in 1992, as did Six Chapel Row, Bath in 1999. Her work is held in public collections in Switzerland, France and America as well as the UK and is held in many private collections in the US, Europe and elsewhere.




LANZI, Francois

Francois Lanzi - Into the Blue

Francois Lanzi

Francois Lanzi was born in Corsica and studied art in Paris under Guillot de Raffaillac. A prisoner of war from 1940-45, he came to live in the UK in 1954 and exhibited at a number of London Galleries including Redfern Gallery 1957, Royal Society of British Artists Gallery 1959 & 1960, Savage Gallery 1961 and Royal Academy 1965. Lanzi also had a number of exhibitions at the Artists International Association (AIA) in Soho, notably a solo exhibition in April-May 1967. In addition he showed in the provinces, including Stone Gallery at Newcastle in 1961. A promising career was stymied by Lanzi becoming a virtual recluse from the 1960s, although he continued to paint and produce collages throughout his life at his Chiddingfold, Surrey home. A major retrospective was held in 1994 at The Gallery in Woking. Lanzi’s work was in the ICI collection and is in a number of private collections in Britain, France and the United States.



Raymond Martinez - Montefiascone


Raymond Martinez

Raymond Martinez was born in Barry, South Wales to mixed Spanish and Irish parentage. He studied at Cardiff College of Art 1955-59, then Slade School of Fine Art 1959-62. A 1962 Abbey Major scholarship took him to Rome where he then won a prestigious Gulbenkian Foundation Award in 1963. Whilst in Rome he joined the Lefevre Gallery in London, exhibiting there frequently over the next few years. He also had shows in Rome, Florence, Florida and Tokyo but took the decision relatively early in his career to withdraw from exhibiting in order to continue “investigating nature with no distractions”. Martinez continued to reside in Italy, moving to the Tuscan countryside. He broke his long-standing opposition to exhibitions with a spectacular solo show in 2009 at the Gallery in Cork Street, London. The Government Art Collection, Contemporary Art Society for Wales, Castle Museum Nottingham, CAMJAP in Lisbon and the Modern Museum of Art in Puerto Rico are amongst the public institutions holding his work. Private collectors included L.S.Lowry, David Niven and the Princess of Hesse amongst others.






Theo Mendez


Theo Mendez was an artist in oil, acrylic and collage who was born in and lived in London. He studied at Camberwell School of Art, 1950-7, and at London University 1957-8. Teachers included Martin Bloch and Michael Rothenstein. Mendez taught at Camberwell 1958-84, becoming head of textiles in 1976, before retiring to paint full-time. He took part in group shows at Redfern Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum, Bear Lane Gallery in Oxford and Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol, and in the 1972 and 1979 John Moores Liverpool Exhibitions. Retrospectives included Duncan Campbell Fine Art in 2002, four solo shows at Highgate Fine Art and an exhibition of his early oils at Whitfield Fine Art, London in 2010. Museum of London holds his work.

Mendez frequently visited Paris, soaking up the atmosphere in cafes and getting inspiration for new paintings and collages and a trip to New York in 1980 added breadth to his vision. In 1990 Mendez wrote about his painting “It is not representational or literal .. but sometimes symbolic of an event or place witnessed, felt or experienced … a moment in time. Each work must ultimately stand by itself without being part of a series or having a title or clue as to its origin. I love the variety of the medium, the spreading of colour and the interaction of colour and colour areas …sometimes the work comes almost directly via music, to which I listen constantly – several hours every day, like food and drink. It is essential if I achieve anything at all, it has, for me, to stand lasting contemplation”.



PASOTTI, Fr. Roberto

Fra Roberto Pasotti - abstract


Fr. Roberto Pasotti

Fra Roberto was born in Bellinzona in 1933. In 1954 he joined the Order of the Capuchins, the same year in which he began to paint. Self-taught, he attended the Lugano artist Filippo Boldini’s studio and in Basel he was taught stained glass techniques by Hans Stocker. From 1954 to 1966 he lived in the Capuchin convent of Faido. Since 1966 he has been in charge of the Convent of Bigorio, His paintings and stained glass works, which in later years have been more representational than abstract, have been exhibited on numerous occasions, mainly in Switzerland and in Italy but also in Greece, in both mixed and solo shows.





Mick Rooney - Meeting Place

Mick Rooney


Mick Rooney was born in Epsom, Surrey and studied at Wimbledon School of Art 1962-64 and Royal College of Art 1964-7. He lives in Mortlake. Rooney won the Rome Scholarship, attending the British School in Rome 1967-8. A highly regarded figurative artist, known for lively café and crowd scenes, Rooney was elected to the Royal Academy in 1991. He exhibited from the early 1960s with solo shows at Fulham Gallery, London, Amsterdam and the Hague. He has since shown widely internationally, including in the United States and in the UK at venues such as New Grafton Gallery and elsewhere.