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Geoffrey Robert Russell b.1902

Photograph of a painting by Robert Russell

Pardon, Brittany
Oil on canvas, 15 x 22. Signed by the artist, monogram RR
Provenance: Artists studio; Lacewing Fine Art, Marlborough
Tag Price: GB£685

Russell was born in Hayes, Kent and studied at St. John's Wood Art School; Westminster School of Art under Walter Bayes, Meninsky and Schwabe, and under Walter Sickert at Highbury in 1927. He exhibited at the Goupil Gallery; the Redfern Gallery; New English Art Club; the Royal Academy and other important venues. He is represented in the permanent collection of the Royal West of England Academy. He lived in Dorset and was a regular broadcaster on the arts. Pardon scenes were a favourite topic with the Breton school, and usually offered the opportunity to record a very colourful spectacle. The approach to perspective in this particular work is very inventive. The foreground figures dwarf the church in the background, which in turn dwarfs the procession as it makes it way from the chapel towards the spectators.





David Bond Walker, Orlock, Co. Down
Oil on board 12 x 20 inches; Signed by the artist;Inscribed verso with title and dated 1930
Framer’s inscription verso; McGrathe
Exhibited: Milmo-Penny Fine Art, December 2014

Tag Price €685: Sold

The portrait and landscape painter, David Bond Walker, was born in Belfast in December, 1891. According to Snoddy, he followed in the footsteps of his father, Tom Bond Walker (1861-1933), who arrived in Belfast from London in the 1880s. Tom's name became associated with that of Paul Henry. After the death of Henry's father in 1891, Walker took the young artist in as a student. In ‘Further Reminiscences’, Henry wrote of a ‘shy, retiring, man with a genuine enthusiasm for teaching. He had married an Irish girl and was trying to eke out a livelihood by taking pupils for drawing, and supplemented his earnings by painting an occasional portrait’. He became a member of the Belfast Art Society in 1893

David Bond Walker was educated at St Jude's National School, Belfast, and studied art under his father and the well know landscape painter, Hans Iten. He had been painting since the age of fourteen and was selected by Sir John Lavery as one of the first ten members of the Belfast Art Society in 1920. The following year he began exhibiting in Dublin at the Royal Hibernian Academy, and between 1921 and 1926 he showed eight works there. His 1925 RHA oil, The Pensive Maiden, is now in the Ulster Museum collection. In the loan exhibition of Irish portraits by Ulster artists held at Belfast Museum and Art Gallery in 1927, he was represented by three works. When the Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals published ‘The Tree’ in 1936, his Cara, an Irish Wolf-Hound, was reproduced. With the onset of war, he left Belfast and settled in Newcastle, Co. Down, where he concentrated on landscape painting. He opened the Bond Walker Gallery at Pedlar’s Bridge, Annalong, as a summer venue and taught art at Kilkeel and at Rathfriland.

Orlock Point is well known for its rocky outcrops with views of the Copeland Islands and the Scottish hills. A number of fine beaches lie nearby including Ballyholme, Crawfordsburn, Groomsport and Helen's Bay.
The area is highly regarded for its natural wildlife habitats, which support a wealth of plants and animals and is steeped in archaeology with evidence of Viking settlements and stories of smuggler coves going back through the ages. Central to our promontory is a small sandy beach, which runs up to an opening in the rocks, cut through by the action of the waves. The artist captures the particular colours and reflections of a low tide on a calm day with superb skill and technical ability, which has its roots in the Kensington School of Art and the time spent there by his father.


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