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  • Drawn to War: Enthralling New Film Detailing the Life and Times of British Artist Eric Ravlious

    This exquisitely-crafted documentary makes a thorough and convincing case for Ravilious as a major figure in 20th-century art. Eric Ravilious is as compelling and enigmatic as his art. Set against the dramatic wartime locations that inspire him, Margy Kinmonth’s film brings to life this brilliant but still grossly undervalued British artist. Caught in the crossfire of war 80 years ago, Ravilious’s legacy largely sank without trace, until now. Made with the blessing of the Ravilious Estate, this first full-length feature documentary about Ravilious unfolds in his own words, through previously unseen private correspondence and rare archive film. 'Eric Ravilious - Drawn to War' features an impressive line-up of talking heads from Grayson Perry to Alan Bennett and bestselling author Robert Macfarlane, who writes about the ancient pathways in Ravilious’ paintings of the South Downs – the beloved Sussex landscape of Ravilious’ childhood as seen in the classic painting 'Chalk Paths'. Painter Eric Ravilious was born in 1903 and studied at the Royal College of Art. He became renowned for his murals, woodcut illustrating books, and ceramic designs for companies such as Wedgwood. In 1930 he married fellow art student Tirzah Garwood and despite his affairs, they stayed together until his death, when the air-sea rescue plane he was flying in was lost at sea. Their letters are beautifully read by Freddie Fox and actress Tamsin Greig. Many of the watercolours featured in 'Drawn to War' are available as Limited Edition Art Prints from our website including many rare war paintings. These include 'Tea at Furlongs' and 'Leaving Scapa Flow' We also supply prints to art galleries, museums, picture framers, gift shops and other trade customers. Please contact us for our trade pricelist. Eric Ravilious: Drawn to War is released on 1 July in cinemas. #ericraviliousfilm #ericraviliousmovie #drawntowar #drawntowarfilm #chalkpaths #sussexpainter #britishartists #ericravillious #tirzahgarwood #southdownsart #royalcollegeofart #watercolourpaintings #limitededitionprints #fineartprints #graysonperry

  • Eric Ravilious - Missing Painting Found

    A painting by one of Britian's best-loved watercolour artists that was "considered missing" for 82 years is to be put on display in a Sussex Gallery. 'Mackerel Sky' by Eric William Ravilious was sold to a private collector for 15 guineas in 1939. The current owner is loaning it to Hastings Contemporary art gallery for its Seaside Modern Exhibition. Well-known curator and art historian James Russell said the painting reappearing was "exciting news for Ravilious fans". "This 1938 gem, Mackerel Sky, was considered missing for years but has now resurfaced and will feature in my exhibition," added Mr Russell. This large watercolour painting, which measures 75cm by 55cm, is estimated to be worth at least £250,000 according to gallery experts. It features fishing boats pulled up onto the beach with a beautiful sky in the background. In 2018 another Ravilious painting, which had not been seen since the war years, was sold for a similar price at auction. Eric Ravilious, who grew up in East Sussex, was a war artist who was also famous for his watercolours of the South Downs and other iconic English landscapes. These include 'Westbury Horse', 'Wilmington Giant' and the iconic painting 'Beachy Head Lighthouse' which are available as best-selling limited edition art prints on our website. Above: Mackerel Sky Painting by Eric Ravilious 'Mackerel Sky' is one of about 30 Eric Ravilious paintings dating from the 1920s and 1930s which the art community could not confirm were still in existence, as many of his paintings went missing or were destroyed during World War Two. Ravilious died aged just 39 in 1942 when the aircraft he was in disappeared off the coast of Iceland. #ericravilious #britishpainters #ericraviliousprints #limitededitionprints #sussexbythesea #hastings #hastingscontemporary #sussexartists #townergallery #mackerelsky #lostpaintingfound #raviliousprints #bookroomartpress #framedart #sussexgallery

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