Our great friend and fellow artist Ivor Kamlish died on Wednesday 30th October at the age of 88.
Ivor was a co-founder of this group. His drawing skills were a great asset and complement to our group, and when he took up the iPad and his stylus replaced his pen, he became wonderfully skilled in creating iPad drawings. Those of you who have been lucky enough to be entertained in Ivor and Marian’s lovely, bright and airy flat by Regents Park will recall the walls covered with Ivor’s drawings – street scenes from just about every cafe in Europe, it seemed!
Ivor studied at Leeds College of Art and at the Central School of Arts & Crafts in London, specialising in graphics and exhibition design. His teachers included Maurice de Saumarez, Keith Vaughan, Paul Hogarth, Herbert Spencer and Anthony Froshaug. In 1963 he started his own design practice, which continues to this day.
His design skills proved very helpful for the poster and flyer for our first group exhibition in St John’s Smith Square. Some of Ivor’s murals still exist, and some of the books he designed and edited are still in print.
Ivor was a great friend, with boundless energy and enthusiasm. Every October, he would go to the Frieze Art Fair in Regents Park. He was there again this year, attending all four days even though he had to use a wheelchair.
He will be missed by everyone in the Drawing London Group.
A Photo Tribute from Marcus Oliver
Can I just add what a pleasure and honour it was to sketch in Ivor’s company. He was irrepressibly enthusiastic about everything. A delight to experience! His artistic knowledge was really deep. He could talk with authority on so many different topics. I only wish I had listened more.
Ivor’s sketches with Drawing London from 2003 to 2019
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This page is for images of drawings and paintings made by the members of our group at each of our meeting places during the year 2019. Roll your mouse over the thumbnail images to find out the month, location and author of each one. Or click on an image to see an enlargement and then view all of the enlarged images one by one
The Drawing London Group are artist friends keen to explore the vibrant life and colour of London. We meet every month to sketch and paint in familiar and lesser-known areas of London such as Leadenhall Market, Covent Garden , Southbank and Greenwich.
In our upcoming exhibition, inspired by the title of our show (a quote from Ben Jonson’s ‘Bartholomew Fair’) we will be showing London Life depicted in a wide variety of media including watercolour, oil, iPad and pencil drawing.
Bill Aldridge introduces our show on London Live news
Saturday 7th April, 10:00 – 22:00 Sunday 8th April, 10:00 – 18:00
Steve has an abstract painting in a very brief, but interesting art show at Tate Modern during the second weekend in April.
The submission was open to all staff and volunteers working for Tate on all four sites and so the idea is to showcase the artistic talents hidden within the organisation. I’m sure it’s going to be a very varied and fascinating show.
This page is for images of drawings and paintings made by the members of our group at each of our meeting places during the year 2018. Roll your mouse over the thumbnail images to find out the month, location and author of each one. Or click on an image to see an enlargement and then view all of the enlarged images one by one.