George Hooper art exhibition, Clyde Hall, July 18

A self-portrait by George Hooper (c) The Ruth Borchard Collection

A self-portrait by George Hooper (c) The Ruth Borchard Collection

Clyde Hall is to stage a one-day exhibition of the paintings of George Hooper on July 18 – marking 21 years since the death of the acclaimed colourist.

Some of the paintings will be for sale.

Hooper’s work is on display in the Victoria & Albert collection, the British Museum and public galleries in Brighton, Hove, Eastbourne and Hull, so this marks an exciting opportunity to view his paintings locally.

Hooper studied, albeit briefly, at the Slade, the Royal Academy School and in Spain. He won two Academy gold medals, a travelling scholarship and the Rome scholarship. Hooper died in July 1994, leaving a huge legacy of colourful, insightful and inspiring paintings. His work is rarely exhibited and many of the paintings on display will be from private collections.

The Clyde Hall exhibition is therefore a rare opportunity to view his varied work up close.

Hooper was married to Surrey Opera’s founder, Joyce Hooper, and the exhibition is being put on by Surrey Opera, who have done so much work to restore Clyde Hall through long hours and sheer hard work to bring the venue back into use as an asset for the local community.

The exhibition will be open from 10am to 10pm at Clyde Hall, Clyde Road, Croydon, CR0 6SZ.

Coffee, wine, light lunches and cream teas will be available during the day. Admission £2.50.

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