Desmond Morris (b.1928) There's No Time Like The Future, 1957 Oil on canvas The Sherwin Collection, Leeds, UK / The Bridgeman Art Library © Desmond Morris

British Surrealism Unlocked: Works from the Sherwin Collection

11 April - 21 June 2014

This exhibition comprises key British surrealist works from the extraordinary collection of Dr Jeffrey Sherwin, a GP by profession, who has built up the largest collection of British surrealist art in the country over a period of more than 25 years. What is most remarkable about the collection is the diversity of styles and imagery - unlike other key artistic movements, surrealism has never had a single overriding visual aesthetic, and has constantly reinvented its means of poetic expression. Although unified most strongly as an official movement in Britain in the 1930s and 40s, this exhibition will show that surrealism continued, and continues, to infect the work of modern and contemporary artists, from Desmond Morris and Conroy Maddox to Eduardo Paolozzi, John Davies and Damien Hirst.

Launching alongside the exhibition is Dr Jeffrey Sherwin’s new book, British Surrealism Opened Up, in the words of the author, an ‘everyman guide’ to British Surrealism. The book is an easy-read history of the movement from its beginnings in Paris to its arrival in Britain. Exhibition special price £10, available at the Gallery or on mail order.


Arts Council EnglandSouth Lakeland District CouncilSir John Fisher FoundationKendal Town CouncilCumbria Life

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  • Desmond Morris, There's No Time Like The Future, 1957. The Sherwin Collection, Leeds, UK / The Bridgeman Art Library. © Desmond Morris


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