Centenary Touring Exhibition to launch in Athens – Tuesday 12 April 2022

There are major celebrations in 2022 for John Craxton’s centenary – with a very special touring exhibition launching at the Benaki Museum in Athens on Tuesday 12 April and running to Sunday 11 September. The retrospective survey then opens at the Municipal Art Gallery in Chania on Monday 3 October – what would have been John’s 100th birthday. Further venues will be announced later. Nearly 100 exhibits in Athens will chart the entire Craxton career, and most especially his abiding love for Greece. Many have

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John Craxton: A Life of Gifts in running for major book awards

The long-awaited biography John Craxton: A Life of Gifts, written by Ian Collins and published by Yale University Press in 2021, has been warmly and widely reviewed and it is already in a second edition. Now the beautifully presented book has been short-listed for the Biographers’ Club/Slightly Foxed First Biography Prize and long-listed for the Runciman Award. A Greek version is coming soon and a Turkish edition will follow.

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Craxton pictures from the Britten-Pears Collection on view at the Aldeburgh Festival – Friday 3 to Sunday 26 June 2022

This year’s extended Aldeburgh Festival will include a tribute to John Craxton. All of the 13 Craxton paintings and drawings collected by singer Peter Pears, and normally hung in the Red House – the home he shared with composer Benjamin Britten – will be on view in the Concert Hall Gallery at Snape Maltings. Free entry. An essay on this very personal Suffolk collection has been written for the festival book by Ian Collins. Image: Two Greek Dancers (detail), 1951

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Craxton-Picasso, Holt Festival, Norfolk, Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 July 2022

This centenary exhibition will pair Craxton pictures with Picasso ceramics, many from the collection of the late Sir Richard and Lady Sheila Attenborough. The display will be augmented with often previously unseen works by mould-breaking artists in Craxton’s circle, including Lucian Freud, Graham Sutherland, John Piper, Robert Colquhoun and Nikos Ghika. Free entry. Details of talks and other events will be announced soon. Image: Shepherd and Rocks, 1943. Lender: Britten Pears Arts

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The Photographs of Joan Leigh Fermor: Artist and Lover

The Photographs of Joan Leigh Fermor: Artist and Lover

The book, edited by Olivia Stewart and Ian Collins, is linked to a major exhibition of Joan Leigh Fermor’s photographs, at the Benaki Museum in Athens until 21 October. Elusive, enigmatic and beautiful, Joan Leigh Fermor (1912-2003) was a close friend of John Craxton and also one of the finest photographers of her time. Although hailed and hired by John Betjeman and Cyril Connolly from the 1930s, and a remarkable recorder of the London Blitz, she most excelled in pictures of unspoilt Greece taken between 1945

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Charmed Lives in Greece Exhibition at the British Museum

Charmed Lives in Greece Exhibition at the British Museum

This exhibition focuses on the friendship of the artists Niko Ghika and John Craxton, and the writer Patrick Leigh Fermor. Their shared love of Greece was fundamental to their work, as they embraced its sights, sounds, colours and people. Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika (1906–1994), John Craxton (1922–2009) and Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915–2011) were significant cultural figures of the 20th century. Leigh Fermor is perhaps the most widely known of the three – largely through his travel writings – and Ghika and Craxton are now recognised as

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John Craxton Couple by the Sea Panorama Revisited 1950s

John Craxton in Greece: The Unseen Works. A launch exhibition with Osborne Samuel

The Craxton Estate now works with the leading London gallery of Osborne Samuel. Headed by Peter Osborne and Gordon Samuel, the gallery specialises in Modern British Painting and Sculpture and has a high reputation for the quality of its exhibitions and publications. Our launch exhibition John Craxton in Greece: The Unseen Works ran from 10 May to 8 June 2018 and was an enormous success. With daily crowds, the show was the most popular in the West End gallery’s history. While most of the featured

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Centenary Touring Exhibition to launch in Athens – Tuesday 12 April 2022

There are major celebrations in 2022 for John Craxton’s centenary – with a very special touring exhibition launching at the Benaki Museum in Athens on Tuesday 12 April and running to Sunday 11 September. The retrospective survey then opens at the Municipal Art Gallery in Chania on Monday 3 October – what would have been John’s 100th birthday. Further venues will be announced later. Nearly 100 exhibits in Athens will chart the entire Craxton career, and most especially his abiding love for Greece. Many have

Read More »

John Craxton: A Life of Gifts in running for major book awards

The long-awaited biography John Craxton: A Life of Gifts, written by Ian Collins and published by Yale University Press in 2021, has been warmly and widely reviewed and it is already in a second edition. Now the beautifully presented book has been short-listed for the Biographers’ Club/Slightly Foxed First Biography Prize and long-listed for the Runciman Award. A Greek version is coming soon and a Turkish edition will follow.

Read More »

Craxton pictures from the Britten-Pears Collection on view at the Aldeburgh Festival – Friday 3 to Sunday 26 June 2022

This year’s extended Aldeburgh Festival will include a tribute to John Craxton. All of the 13 Craxton paintings and drawings collected by singer Peter Pears, and normally hung in the Red House – the home he shared with composer Benjamin Britten – will be on view in the Concert Hall Gallery at Snape Maltings. Free entry. An essay on this very personal Suffolk collection has been written for the festival book by Ian Collins. Image: Two Greek Dancers (detail), 1951

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Craxton-Picasso, Holt Festival, Norfolk, Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 July 2022

This centenary exhibition will pair Craxton pictures with Picasso ceramics, many from the collection of the late Sir Richard and Lady Sheila Attenborough. The display will be augmented with often previously unseen works by mould-breaking artists in Craxton’s circle, including Lucian Freud, Graham Sutherland, John Piper, Robert Colquhoun and Nikos Ghika. Free entry. Details of talks and other events will be announced soon. Image: Shepherd and Rocks, 1943. Lender: Britten Pears Arts

Read More »
The Photographs of Joan Leigh Fermor: Artist and Lover

The Photographs of Joan Leigh Fermor: Artist and Lover

The book, edited by Olivia Stewart and Ian Collins, is linked to a major exhibition of Joan Leigh Fermor’s photographs, at the Benaki Museum in Athens until 21 October. Elusive, enigmatic and beautiful, Joan Leigh Fermor (1912-2003) was a close friend of John Craxton and also one of the finest photographers of her time. Although hailed and hired by John Betjeman and Cyril Connolly from the 1930s, and a remarkable recorder of the London Blitz, she most excelled in pictures of unspoilt Greece taken between 1945

Read More »
Charmed Lives in Greece Exhibition at the British Museum

Charmed Lives in Greece Exhibition at the British Museum

This exhibition focuses on the friendship of the artists Niko Ghika and John Craxton, and the writer Patrick Leigh Fermor. Their shared love of Greece was fundamental to their work, as they embraced its sights, sounds, colours and people. Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika (1906–1994), John Craxton (1922–2009) and Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915–2011) were significant cultural figures of the 20th century. Leigh Fermor is perhaps the most widely known of the three – largely through his travel writings – and Ghika and Craxton are now recognised as

Read More »
John Craxton Couple by the Sea Panorama Revisited 1950s

John Craxton in Greece: The Unseen Works. A launch exhibition with Osborne Samuel

The Craxton Estate now works with the leading London gallery of Osborne Samuel. Headed by Peter Osborne and Gordon Samuel, the gallery specialises in Modern British Painting and Sculpture and has a high reputation for the quality of its exhibitions and publications. Our launch exhibition John Craxton in Greece: The Unseen Works ran from 10 May to 8 June 2018 and was an enormous success. With daily crowds, the show was the most popular in the West End gallery’s history. While most of the featured

Read More »