Monday, 21 January 2013

Denys Hodson, a great Enthusiast and an Inspirational Man

I was sad to hear about the death of Denys Hodson CBE  on 13th January 2013. He knew so much about so many artists and their paintings and talked so interestingly about them; we were very fortunate to hear him talking about the Swindon Collection on three occasions recently at events held by the Friends of the Museum and Art Gallery- www.friendsofsmag.blogspot.com

Denys was Head of Arts and Recreation for Thamesdown Borough Council from 1970-92, and was hugely influential in developing our cultural assets including the Modern Art Collection and Lydiard.
His lifelong passion for the arts is exemplified by his role as Vice Chair of the Arts Council of Great Britain and Chair of the Friends of Lydiard.

 Denys' last talk on the Art Collection in April last year was as inspiring and enthusiastic as ever, he was passionate about art and artists and knew so much about the Swindon Collection and the background to many of the paintings in the Collection, I've put links to those blog entries below:

http://swindonopenstudios.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/dont-miss-denys-hodsons-talk-this.html
and
http://swindonopenstudios.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/walk-round-gallery-with-denys-hodson-on.html

 Here is the link to the  talk he gave in 2011 on the exhibition he had picked called 'Builder's Choice', with some of his favourite exhibits on show:
http://swindonopenstudios2011.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/why-didnt-i-take-notes-brilliant-talk.html


He played a role in the publication of the catalogue of the Swindon Collection published by Thamesdown Borough Council in 1991 and available in the Museum and Art Gallery,
ISBN 1 871853 02 8.

One of the paintings he was most passionate about was 'Florestan' by Gillian Ayres 1986. It was bought in 1987 from the Knoedler Gallery, London, for the Contemporary Art Society by Caryl Hubbard and presented to Swindon in 1988.
Here is a photograph of it:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/florestan-64514#
Click on the link above for more on that painting and many more.


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