Recently the Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) and the BBC completed their hugely ambitious project to put online the United Kingdom’s entire collection of oil paintings in public ownership. This makes the UK the first country in the world to give such access to its national collection of paintings. In total, 3,217 venues across the UK have participated in the project and 211,861 paintings are now on the Your Paintings website.
The Jerwood Foundation is very proud that it's Collection of 20th and 21st Century British paintings is included on the site. Many of these works can be seen on display at the Jerwood Gallery, Hastings.
The collection’s core areas are figurative and abstract works from between the First World War and the 1960s, and contemporary works by artists associated with Jerwood, including several winners of the Jerwood Painting Prize such as Craigie Aitchison, Maggi Hambling and Prunella Clough. The collection includes works by renowned artists such as Sir Stanley Spencer, Lawrence Stephen Lowry, Walter Sickert and Augustus John, alongside works by artists of importance who may be less well-known to a general audience, such as Eliot Hodgkin and Dod Procter.
Highlights include The Bather by Christopher Wood, Chrome and Yellow by Paul Feiler, Mainly Grey and White by Anne Redpath and a portrait by Stanley Spencer of his niece, Daphne. The collection represents a personal rather than academic reading of Modern British Art, resulting in a selection that is accessible, surprising, and of sustained quality.
Sir Frank Brangwyn, From My Window At Ditchling> c.1925 © Copyright: David Brangwyn